Monday, June 17, 2024

Manningham Mayoral gala raises $50,000 for dementia initiatives

Victoria’s Manningham City Council has raised $50,000 for locals living with dementia thanks to its annual Mayoral Charity Gala.

Manningham Mayor, Deirdre Diamante, today shared her gratitude for those who supported the event, with funds raised to go to dementia focused initiatives, including Memory Lane Cafés for local residents living with dementia, and their carers. 

“I feel very humbled and grateful for everyone that took part, it means the world to me to have received such support for this cause,” Mayor Diamante said.

“All proceeds will go directly towards initiatives for dementia awareness, including the creation of an inaugural Memory Lane Café at MannaCare’s facility in Doncaster.”

A Dementia Australia model – a Memory Lane Café is a place for people living with dementia and carers to interact and connect within the community, in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

“Dementia Australia has seen many benefits from these cafés, including reducing the risk of isolation that often comes with a dementia diagnosis,” Mayor Diamante said.

“My hope is for Manningham residents and carers to remain connected during a time that often leaves you feeling alone.  Following the launch and establishment of the café at MannaCare we will work with MannaCare to explore opportunities for additional cafes in other parts of the municipality.

“We’ve had such a wonderful response from the Gala, and I’m so incredibly proud of Manningham’s community spirit. So many people have asked us if they can still donate to support this initiative,” she said.  

MannaCare Chair, John Bennie PSM said he was thankful to partner with Council to fundraise for this year’s Mayoral Charity Gala.

“The event was most successful – it raised a significant amount of money for a cause of great importance in the Manningham community,” Mr Bennie said.

“Council is known to support so many (people), addressing so many conditions (like dementia) – and should be recognised and commended for that effort,” he said.

Dementia Action Week runs from September 18 to 24.

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