Dementia Australia representative Bertilla Campbell and Dash for Dementia supporters Brian Black, Natasha Pedler and Bob Pedler are all set for this year’s event, which is once again aiming to raise vital funds and awareness for Dementia Australia. Photo: PAUL MENSCH

SUNRAYSIA’S resident ‘superheroes’ are being encouraged to join the race against dementia by taking part in the Dash For Dementia event on Father’s Day, September 2.

The local event will take place at The Nowingi Place, and forms part of Dementia Awareness Month.

This year’s theme – ‘Small actions. Big difference.’ – encourages participants to dress up as their favourite superhero and take part in either the 8km run, 4km run, 4km walk or the 2km walk to raise money for people living with dementia. 

Dash For Dementia organiser, Leigh Barry, said the event was in its third consecutive year, and last year raised more than $11,000. 

“The event helps to raise awareness of dementia and lift its profile in Sunraysia, and I hope that Sunraysia becomes a more dementia-friendly community,” she said. “We are encouraging people to have some fun and dress up as their favourite superhero. 

“Superheroes help make a difference. Superheroes are always there for you, anyone can be a superhero.” 

There are currently more than 107,000 people living with dementia in Victoria and more than 142,000 in New South Wales. 

All funds raised as part of the local event will help support Dementia Australia services. 

As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Dementia Australia is also encouraging people to sign up to a free online course at dementiafriendly.org.au to learn what small, every day things can do to make a positive difference for someone living with dementia. 

Bob Peddler, a Mildura father living with younger onset dementia, said the Dash For Dementia event was a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support people living with dementia, their carers and their families. 

“I’m physically fit and look healthy, but dementia is a hidden disease that is hard to see,” he said. “It would be great if people became more aware that people were living with dementia in the community, and that there are small things people can do to be dementia-friendly.” 

The family and pet-friendly event will also feature novelty and kids races, live music and market stalls for a day of entertainment starting from 8.30am. 

To register for the event, with reduced prices for children, families, seniors and pets, visit www.facebook.com/DashforDementia.