Alzheimer’s appeal exceeds expectations

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The North Otago Alzheimer’s Street Appeal was a huge success with $1775 raised, says Alzheimer’s North Otago community support officer Debbie Melton.

The street appeal took place last Friday, with the ‘Alzheimer’s Angels walking the main streets of Oamaru collecting for funds to be used within the community.

Mrs Melton said while the weather was poor, it may also have helped.

“I think because it was such a rough day, people supported us walking the street, but we are really grateful for every donation we received.”

An Alzheimer’s community support group was set up in 2006 after it was decided more support was needed in Oamaru with the ageing population.

Mrs Melton said she was pleased with how the day went.

“It went really well. I can’t believe how much we raised. It was beyond our wildest expectations that we would make that much.”

Mayor Gary Kircher, who was involved in the street appeal, said it was great to be able to help.

“It’s great to be able to help out when I can. It was fun to get in behind the day and support it,” he said.

Alzheimer’s North Otago’s next fundraiser is in September.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY