Alzheimer’s fundraiser at Le Grand Marché

POSTED: 09/5/11 12:50 PM

Minister De Weever: This is a great initiative”

CUL-DE-SAC, St. Maarten – “It is a wonderful initiative for the St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Association and the Rotary Club of St. Maarten to join hands together in raising funds for the event which will be held on September 21 on World Alzheimer’s Day,” Public Health Minister Dr. Cornelius De Weever said on Saturday. He attended the Alzheimer’s fundraiser at the entrance of the Le Grande Marché supermarket.
“There are many illnesses in our society and in some cases we cannot address each and every one and although we try, we will forget one. Therefore, the initiative is a great one to raise the awareness and hopefully we will make the necessary changes in those who suffer from it as well as those who live with it and the family members who have to bear the burden of those who live with it,” the minister said. “This is definitely a step in the right direction and we should continue to give it the attention it needs.”
Former Minister of Public Health Maria Buncamper-Molanus said that the Rotary Club of St. Maarten decided to have an awareness campaign in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. As part of the campaign which started on June 15 and concludes on September 21 they decided to include a fund raising component.
The proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. “The organization works “year round” so it needs all the help that it can get,” said Buncamper-Molanus. “With the help of the local media, the public and the contributions of the corporate sponsors we have been able to raise funds.”
The fundraiser at Le Grande Marché was to sell tee-shirts; the organizations were also present at the supermarket’s branch in Cole Bay. Some of the funds will be used during the week of activities leading up to World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21.
The organization does not have accurate data on how many people suffer from the disease in St. Maarten but using global percentages brings the figure to around 800, Buncamper-Molanus said, adding that it could be as high as 1,000. “These people need to be taken care of; the care givers should be added to the persons who are affected with the disease.”
She continued: “Not enough attention is given to the people who go through a stressful exercise of taking care of the patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. What we try to do at this campaign is to provide information not only to those who might think that they do not suffer from it but also for the care givers so that they are able to improve their skills.”
President of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Rebecca said that since the theme for the organization this year is “Healthy minds and healthy bodies” the most important thing that they could do is to help seniors keep their brains active. She said that the Rotary Club is aware of the work done by the Alzheimer’s Association and that they are always looking for volunteers.

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