Alzheimers fundraiser a massive success

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A fundraiser at the weekend netted Alzheimers North Otago more than $300.

The group held the fundraiser to promote awareness around Alzheimers and dementia.

People were given the opportunity to walk through an inflated replica of a brain, the only one of its kind in the country, for a first-hand look at what the effects of Alzheimers and dementia.

Alzheimers Otago manager Julie Butler said the fundraiser was great for increasing awareness.

“It was fantastic for raising awareness about Alzheimers and dementia. So many people looked through the brain and got a feel into what the diseases can do,” Mrs Butler said.

The brain replica proved to be a big hit, with a lot of people having a look inside, and many people stopping to chat about the illness.

Mrs Butler said making people more aware of how important the brain is was a huge success.

The Alzheimers street appeal will take place tomorrow, with collectors out on Thames St. Mayor Gary Kircher is also set to do a bit of collecting.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY