According to recent reports, an estimated 250 people are joining the population with dementia every day in Australia, and the number of new cases of dementia will increase to over 300 people per day by 2025 and, worse still, more than 650 people per day by 2056.
These statistics by organization Dementia Australia aren’t just here to scare us. They’re published so that we’re more aware of how drastically dementia is affecting and will effect each of our lives.
In fact, A recent report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that dementia continues to be the leading cause of death among Australian women, and the second leading cause of death of all Australians. Not pleasant. And certainly not pleasant to those directly affected by it.
But facing challenges such as dementia needn’t be a boring thing. Which is why the good folk at Community Vision would like to increase awareness and conversation about Australians living with dementia through their campaign A Roast To Remember, which now runs up until Christmas and the New Year.
The premise of the campaign is simple. Community Vision encourages folks to get friends and family together for ‘A Roast To Remember’ to help fundraise for a much-needed community bus that will offer West Australians who suffer from dementia transport, respite and peace of mind.
This much-needed mode of transport will focus on the wider community who don’t have immediate access to local services so as they can make their way to-and-fro, to trial newer innovations such as virtual reality therapy, now being adopted to help relieve part of the symptoms of dementia.
For many of us, a delicious roast is the epitome of a good family meal and it has been found that even the smell of good cooking can help lift spirits and make a difference in hard times.
So, how can you take part? By either of the following:
- Host your own roast meal and collect donations from guests. These donations can then be sent to aroasttoremember.com.au. (Note, Mondo Butchers in Inglewood are offering 10% any roast purchased plus will give a further 10% of the sale to A Roast To Remember).
- You can also enjoy a roast at participating restaurants, like The Shoe Bar & Café in Perth where diners are offered a half butterflied roast chicken with all the trimmings, sending 10% of the proceeds to A Roast To Remember.
- Purchase a WAfoodies membership and $5 will go to A Roast To Remember, plus you’ll save hundreds a year on dining out.
- Go into your nearest Commonwealth Bank and simply make a donation or visit aroasttoremember.com.au and make a donation there.
Simple. Delicious. And all for a good cause. What’s there not to love?
For more information about ‘A Roast To Remember’ visit aroasttoremember.com.au.