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Image on right Cycling NZ
World Champion and Commonwealth Games medal winning cyclist Eddie Dawkins is lending his support to Alzheimers New Zealand, in recognition of his family connection to dementia. Eddie’s grandfather passed away from dementia, and his grandmother is also now affected by the condition.
From 20-21 March Eddie and his coach Anthony Peden (former trainer to Casey Stoner) are lending their support to Alzheimers New Zealand by riding in a charity motorcycle rally around the central North Island, beginning in Auckland and passing through Tauranga, Whakatane, Taupo and Rotorua, before finishing up in Waikato.
The main message that Eddie will be promoting is that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia, including keeping fit and healthy, being socially engaged and keeping your brain active. He’ll also be raising much needed funds.
Come along and meet Eddie and show your support!! Autographs will be available.
Eddie will also be demonstrating his formidable spriting ability on a stationary bike!
Auckland: Friday 20 March, 7am - 9am, Auckland Harley Davidson, 521 Mount Wellington Highway.
Tauranga: Friday 20 March, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, 166, 13th Avenue, Tauranga.
Whakatane: Friday 20 March, 3.30pm - 4.30pm. 'The Gap' at The Strand.
Rotorua: Saturday 21 March, 10.30am - 11.30am 'The Hub' (back of Queen Elizabeth Hospital). Mobile food van 'Stone Soup' will be selling nachos and real fruit icecream/frozen yoghurt.
Taupo: Saturday 21 March, 1.15pm - 2.15pm, Northcroft Reserve, Lake Terrace.
More details coming soon!
If you'd like to support Eddie by making a donation to Alzheimers NZ you can do so on our Givealittle event page.
If you are a motorcyclist and are keen to join Eddie on a leg of the rally email email@example.com for further info.
Thanks to Auckland Harley-Davidson for sponsoring a Harley-Davidson for Eddie to ride.
Review of Still Alice from www.alz.org and how the movie was bought to life.
Julianne Moore, Maria Shriver, Kristen Stewart, Sandy Oltz, Lisa Genova, Dr. Maria Carrillo, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns—these are some of the amazing women behind "Still Alice," a movie that gives us a rare window into the experience of living with Alzheimer's disease—a glimpse of the inside looking out.
Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a renowned linguistics professor, starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, Alice and her family (daughter played by Kristen Stewart) find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring. See the trailer
From the beginning of the screenwriting process, women have been remarkable catalysts for bringing the story of “Still Alice” to life. From Maria Shriver as an executive producer to a myriad of Alzheimer's Association (US) experts and volunteers, including individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, women worked behind-the-scenes guiding both script and character development. Alzheimer's Association Chief Science Officer, Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., advised on the script to help ensure scientific accuracy. Alzheimer's Association National Early-Stage Advisor Sandy Oltz, who was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's at age 46, provided Julianne Moore with an understanding of her daily experience.
By giving a frank and open portrayal of just how devastating Alzheimer's is to a person's emotional and physical well-being; family and career; and all other facets of life, our hope is "Still Alice" will move more people join the fight against Alzheimer's.
"Still Alice" is beautiful, frightening and powerful, and a reminder that Alzheimer's needs to be addressed now. With women at the epicenter—both more likely to have Alzheimer’s and more likely to be caring for those with the disease—the Alzheimer's Association and the women of "Still Alice" ask all women to help wipe out Alzheimer's.
Still Alice is now showing in selected theatres across New Zealand.
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