Over $147,000 have been raised for Alzheimers Auckland thanks to Countdown’s annual Suppliers Charity Golf Day, which was organised by Parnell Rotary volunteers and attended by more 300 Countdown suppliers.
“We have been supporting this event alongside Parnell Rotary for 13 years now and have helped to raised much needed funds for Alzheimers Auckland, so that they can develop their services and meet the growing needs of those suffering from dementia,” said Dave Chambers, managing director of Countdown.
Between 15,000 and 17,000 Aucklanders live with dementia, and the donations will help them and their carers deal with the disease. Since the first event was launched 13 years ago, Countdown has raised more than $1.5 million for the cause.
“We rely on events like this to make up the 50 percent of our services that are not funded by the government, and we’re so grateful to have the support of Countdown and Parnell Rotary,” said Rod Perkins, chief executive of Alzheimers Auckland. “Dementia will both directly and indirectly affect a large number of Auckland families in the coming years, and already one in two people are touched by it in their lifetime.”