Limerick’s Greg O’Shea is urging the public to support The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s annual nationwide Flag Day collection this Thursday, November 21st.
The Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon event will be taking place in every county across Ireland, and the Love Island winner is encouraging the public join the campaign and share treasured memories of their loved ones affected by dementia.
“I’m delighted to be showing my support for Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon fundraising campaign on Thursday, November 21st which will help thousands of families living with dementia in Ireland. Members of the public are being asked to share a memory and donate €3 to the Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon campaign,” the new ambassador for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland said.
The rate of Alzheimer’s is expected to more than double in Ireland over the next 20 years from 55,000 today to 113,000, and O’Shea believes it is vital to gain support for the cause.
“People will be giving a gift that will change lives as every €3 donated will go directly towards providing vital services to people living with dementia and the loving families who support them. Alzheimer’s is something that is very close to my heart.
“This November, I’ll be remembering my Nana who had dementia and passed away only recently. Dementia has a major impact on our society; it’s one of our biggest health challenges.”
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is asking the public to donate €3 this Thursday to provide support to those suffering.
It says the total care cost of the diseases amounts to €1.69 billion every year in Ireland – only 9% of which is contributed to by formal health and social care services.
“Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia – that’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia, even people in their forties and fifties. Please support Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon and help to raise much-needed funds to support people with dementia around the country,” the professional rugby 7’s player said.
Memory Ribbon pins will be sold across Limerick and the rest of country this Thursday in aid of the cause. To become a volunteer on the day visit www.alzheimers.ie.