World Alzheimer’s Month Events

World Alzheimer’s Month Events

Three key events conducted by the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation to mark World Alzheimer’s Month driven through significant personal and social and earned media promotion drew high levels of participation during September at venues in Colombo, Gampaha and Galle.

Run to Remember

The first of these, a 5 km “Run to Remember”, kicked off at the Taj Samudra Hotel on Saturday 2nd September at 4 pm. The individual runners and teams from National Rugby pool& Slashers, Colombo City Runners and Ceylon Night Runners joined the run, and were flagged off by celebrity cricketer Chaminda Vas and the General Manager of Taj Hotels which sponsored the post run treat. Leading the women at the finish was celebrity marine biologist Asha de Vos and while among the men Heshan Rajapakse was flagged in by LAF President Prof. Shehan Williams.  

Memory Walk

The “Memory Walk” started in the morning of 23rd September and drew an equally large response and participation. The Cinnamon Grand Hotel played host with a delectable breakfast spread and treats for attendees both before and after the walk. The walk was completed successfully with a DJ truck leading the procession to keep everyone to a beat. A raffle was held at the end of the walk with a ticket to Singapore from SriLankan Airlines and other prizes.

Dementia Awareness Puppet Shows – Colombo, Gampha & Galle

A new initiative this year was an original production commissioned to edutain on ‘Dementia and risk reduction and care-giving’ featuring the Mahadenamuththa and his modern day Golayas puppets performed by the Power of Play group led by its Artistic Director Sulochana Dissanayake. The show drew packed houses for the morning and afternoon shows in Colombo, Gampaha and Galle starting on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21st September. A Q&A session after the performances drew many audience interactions and anecdotes which highlighted the relevance, appeal and value of this form of awareness creation. LAF President Prof, Shehan Williams was on call to field the questions. Videos of the performance have been produced to go online on YouTube and the LAF Facebook Page, to share the programme with a wider audience.

Online Media Coverage

Coverage Appeared in:DateOnline (Link)
Lanka Business News (E)23.08.2023 (E)23.08.2023 (E)23.08.2023 (E)24.08.2023 (E)24.08.2023 (S)24.08.2023 (S)24.08.2023 (E)25.08.2023 (E)26.08.2023 (S)27.08.2023 (S)28.08.2023 (E)28.08.2023
Ceylon Business Report (E)28.08.2023 (S)30.08.2023 (T)31.08.2023

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