Can you complete the challenge laid out by the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton?

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Published December 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

The Quest for Kindness will be held provincewide as the Alzheimer Society hopes to raise $1 million to fight the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through education, counselling, and social recreation programs. (photo by Alzheimer Society)

The Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton is on a Quest for Kindness.

Registration is now open for the month-long event, which begins Jan. 1, 2022. It challenges participants to fundraise by performing at least 30 acts of kindness, whether it be baking cookies for someone, shovelling a neighbour’s driveway, or even something as simple as paying someone a compliment.

The Quest for Kindness will be held provincewide as the Alzheimer Society hopes to raise $1 million to fight the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through education, counselling, and social recreation programs.

Throughout the event, participants can watch their community “light up” with kindness using the online Kind-nections Map that will display all the acts of kindness that are being completed in real-time.

“When someone is living with dementia, they can feel disconnected from their community because of the stigma attached to the disease. We’ve seen these feelings heightened during the pandemic,” says Cathy Barrick, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. “By making kind-nections and lighting up Ontario, we strive to reconnect those living with dementia to their community and create an environment that is more accepting and welcoming to all.”

Registration for the event is open: jointhequest.ca

Every dollar raised from the Quest for Kindness will go towards the Alzheimer Society and its programs and services.

Over 250,000 Ontarians are living with dementia and the number is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to the society.

They are also reporting that dementia or Alzheimer’s were listed on the death certificate of 42 per cent of the women and 33 per cent of men in COVID-involved deaths in Canada.

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