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RPP FM at the starting post

RPP FM at the starting post


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Young families and people of all ages joined in the Memory Walk & Jog on Sunday at Point Nepean National Park to help raise funds and awareness of dementia for Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.

Bob Phillips, presenter of the Late, Late Brekky Show along with ‘stand-in’ guest/co-host and RPP FM presenter Debra Mar, packed up their kit bag to broadcast live from the National Park.

The RPP FM Outside Broadcast van was positioned at the start/finish post to capture the exciting moments when participants completed their run or walk for the cause.

Maree McCabe

Bob & Debra were also on hand to interview some VIP’s who completed the walk or run which included CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Maree McCabe. Ms McCabe spoke of the research and funds needed to find a cure. She also spoke of the great work the organization does to help people living with dementia and their carers.

One of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Ambassador and Senior Hawthorn AFL player Sam Mitchell also sat in the RPP FM Outside Broadcast Van and spoke of his mother-in-law who sadly passed away from dementia. He walked with his father-in-law and son Smith to support the cause. “It’s a great family day to come out and join in to raise funds,” he said.

Sam Mitchell
Dr Andrew Evans and his family

Melbourne neurologist Dr Andrew Evans who came first place through the finish line in the 7.5km Memory Run said it is vital to get in and help the cause because there still hasn’t been a cure found for dementia. Dr Evans, a fit person who runs between 10 – 15 km 3 times a week explained the importance of keeping our mind fit as well as your body through exercise to help ward off the disease. “Obesity, alcoholism and diabetes are just a couple of the health conditions that can contribute to the onset of the disease,” he said.

Martyn Ashton

Our very own RPP FM Sales Manager, Martyn Ashton also walked the 3.5km course saying the local radio station was proud to be involved in such a great family day to raise funds and help promote the cause across the airways.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the state’s peak body providing education, support, advocacy and information for Victorians of all ages living with all forms of dementia as well as their families and carers.

To make a donation and find out more about dementia, visit the memorywalk.com.au website for more information or contact the National Alzheimer’s help line on 1800 100 500.

Get involved next year when Alzheimer’s Australia hold their next annual Memory Walk & Jog to raise funds and awareness for the disease that affects more that 342,800 Australians. It is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure. Each week, there are 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia, one person every six minutes.

For more action pics of the day visit the RPP FM facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RPPFM/




Debra Mar Working many years in the corporate world in Melbourne and overseas, Debra found herself in the fashion industry as a designer after studying 3 years at RMIT. She now producers and presenters her own radio program The Breakfast Table every Tuesday 6-9am and writes for a local magazine. With a love of writing and being involved in the community, she has a certain curiosity of what makes people ‘tick’, Debra also writes feature stories and updates details on the RPP FM website.