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Kandahar’s Memory Walk
Kandahar Home's Mike Keyworth and Karen Bidlake with Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson
Kandahar Home’s Mike Keyworth and Karen Bidlake with Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson

Residents and staff from Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court were amongst the crowd of more than 120 people who participated in Alzheimers Wairarapa’s Memory Walk on Saturday (11 October 2014).

Kandahar recreation officer Karen Bidlake says Kandahar residents and staff jumped at the opportunity to help the cause.

“We work closely with Alzheimer’s Wairarapa because Kandahar Court offers specialist dementia care. We think it’s really important to raise awareness of dementia as it affects so many people in our community.”

The walk began at the North end of Queen Street at 11am. Participants paraded through town to the tune of a piper.

“With each walker wearing a bright purple t-shirts and waving to tooting motorists the group was hard to miss,” says Karen.

As the residents from Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court weren’t mobile enough to embark on the four kilometre journey, they followed the walkers in the home’s vans instead.

“We took the two vans and drove along with the walkers. Even though our residents couldn’t do the walk they still wanted to be involved and loved being part of the atmosphere and joining in with the celebrations at the end.”

The Memory Walk finished with a sausage sizzle at Solway Showground’s where participants had the opportunity to write a message on a paper Forget-Me-Not flower and attach it to a ‘memory tree’.

Memory Walk organiser Liz Garden, who used to work at Kandahar Home, says the walk was a huge success and she is happy that residents from Kandahar who are directly affected by dementia could join in.

“I worked at Kandahar when it was the very first dementia care unit in the Wairarapa, so it is a place that is very close to my heart. It was lovely to see everyone from Kandahar Home and Court come along to support the cause.”

Find out more about Enliven’s Kandahar Home.




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