We are thrilled to announce the first ever inter-generational Wipeout Dementia event! Set for 25 May 2019, this event is sponsored by Morgans, Kennards Hire, Ski Japan, Colliers International Residential and Cunninghams, with inkind support from Hurley and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club.
Team captains Richard Grellman, Rob Gillespie, John Cunningham and Mark Gross are taking on the challenge of a tag team surf contest in father/son and father/daughter duos, with the incentive of inspiring exercise throughout life from a young age - for better brain health in late life, and to raise funds for dementia research at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney.
This fundraising campaign supports The Dementia Momentum, a 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 over $1 million in funds and generated widespread media coverage.
Ambassadors for Wipeout Dementia are Richard Grellman AM, Chairman of IPH Limited and FBR 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. There are currently 50 million people worldwide with dementia and without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 131.5 million by 2050. The number of new Australian cases of dementia are projected to increase from current rates of 250 people per day to over 650 people per day by 2056.
The key message of Wipeout Dementia is for all Australians to get active and stay active throughout life 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 Wipeout Dementia head to https://cheba.unsw.edu.au/wipeout-dementia