Alzheimer Society of British Columbia

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia

August 23, 2006 15:23 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: A World's First With an Unusual Twist Takes Place at Kerrisdale Days in Vancouver on Saturday, August 26 at Noon

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2006) -

Organizers Want to Qualify for a Spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the Most Unusual Walk in the World for Charity

Backwards walk to benefit local charity

Children of all ages from seven to 70 are invited to participate in the Kerrisdale Days 1 km Charitable Walk with a difference - the difference being that it will be done backwards. Proceeds will go to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The Backwards Charitable Walk will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 at noon. Participants will start at Kerrisdale Nutrition House (2311 West 41 & Vine) and then will walk backwards along 41st Ave., to Maple Street and back to Nutrition House.

Special prizes will be given to the youngest and oldest participants as well as the most colourful costume. All participants will receive a T-shirt, as well as refreshments and healthy snacks. Entrance fee is $10 dollars with the proceeds going to the Alzheimer Society.

Tony Arias of ALA Midas Capital Inc., whose affiliate also owns the Nutrition House store in Kerrisdale, says the Backwards Charitable Walk is really a great event where everyone who participates will to help to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Funds donated to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. ( will be used to ensure that people whose lives are impacted by this disease can access information, services and support. Funds raised by the Alzheimer Society also go towards research.

Currently, nearly 40 minutes of every day, someone develops Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Alzheimer's disease impacts more than one in four Canadian families and statistics show that more than 63,000 people in B.C. have Alzheimer's disease or a related type of dementia.

Arias said he hopes to turn the walk into an annual event during Kerrisdale Days and have it become the world's first annual l km backwards walk for charity to be listed in the world renowned Guinness Book of Records.

"Once the walk is completed, we will make application to the Guinness people for the listing," said Arias. "While the event itself will be fun, fun, fun for the entire family - even for grandma and grandpa - the serious aspect will be the fundraising we can do for the Alzheimer Society."

The walk is being held during Kerrisdale Day, a street celebration that attracts between 10,000 to 20,000 people. The celebration is a great end to summer complete with free horse and carriage rides, clowning, face painting, children's amusement rides, inflatable slides and live music.

Note: Any members of the media who wish to participate in the event or attend are most welcome to do so.

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