Step Up Against Dementia: Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog with Wally Lewis

This Sunday, May 26, the picturesque Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks will be the stage for a significant event – the Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog. This community-driven initiative aims to raise vital funds and awareness for those impacted by dementia.

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The event offers something for everyone, with multiple distances tailored to all fitness levels. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or prefer a leisurely stroll, your participation is welcomed and encouraged.

Adding to the significance of the occasion is the attendance of Australian sporting legend, Wally Lewis AM. Recently appointed as a Dementia Australia Ambassador, Lewis brings both his sporting prowess and personal journey with probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to the forefront of the cause. 

Photo credit: Wally Lewis/Instagram 

CTE is a disease predominantly linked to athletes in contact sports. Its symptoms can involve memory issues, disorientation, poor decision-making, aggressiveness, depression, and ultimately, progressive dementia. Unfortunately, there are currently no available treatments or cures for this condition.

Earlier this year, the iconic Queensland sporting figure candidly discussed the challenging day-to-day difficulties he faces due to his CTE. 

During his talk for the National Press Club last April, Mr Lewis emphasised that Australia must urgently implement standardised national protocols across all sports to help prevent, identify, and monitor head injuries. He stated that education on the risks needs to start at the grassroots level, teaching young players from an early age about the potential dangers.

Photo credit: Memory Walk and Jog/Facebook 

His passionate advocacy for increased government support underscores the importance of events like the Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog in funding research and providing support services for those affected by dementia.

“I encourage anyone who is free Sunday 26 May to come down to Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks and walk, run or jog to beat dementia,” Mr Lewis stated.

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Starting at 7:30 a.m, this event promises a morning of unity and purpose as the Brisbane community comes together to support a cause that touches the lives of so many. Registrations are still open through, inviting individuals from all walks of life to join in the fight against dementia.

Published 22-May-2024