The eighth Wipeout Dementia campaign sponsored by Morgans, Kennards Hire, Aoyuan International, Ray White Commercial, Colliers International Residential with inkind apparel support from Hurley is set for 23 November 2018. This is the third property industry event with team captains Peter Clemesha, Craig Rodgers, Philip Vivian and Steve Watson. This fundraising campaign supports The Dementia Momentum, a Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) initiative which aims to advance large-scale, big data research into prevention of dementia and increase community awareness about dementia.
Since its launch in 2015, Wipeout Dementia has attracted extraordinary corporate support, including a number of regular senior executive surfers and generous donors. To date, Wipeout Dementia has raised close to $1 million in funds and generated widespread media coverage.
Ambassadors for Wipeout Dementia are Richard Grellman AM, Chairman of IPH Limited and former Chairman of The Association of Surfing Professionals (International) Limited, and 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew AM.
Wipeout Dementia is held in honour of Richard Grellman’s wife, Suellen, who was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease aged 61, and is now in advanced stages of the disease, requiring full-time, high level care aged just 68.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 1,100,890 by 2056 (nearly 3 times as many as today).The number of new Australian cases of dementia are projected to increase from current rates of 244 people per day to over 650 people per day by 2056.
The key message of Wipeout Dementia is for all Australians to get active to reduce their risk of dementia. Participants in the event are fantastic exemplars of the role of physical activity in mid-life to improve brain health in late-life.
To find out more about this fundraising campaign watch coverage from the inaugural property industry event: