“The walk was excellent. This is our third year organizing it here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and it was definitely our most successful one yet,” she said.
She said the number of walkers was about on par, which normally ranges from 20 to 30, and the amount raised looks to be the highest yet.
“The number still growing because you can still make online donations and we still have donations coming in but after calculating the number it looks like we raised over $3550 so far this year, just for the walk alone here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.”
Harris-Edwards, who works as a nurse in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, said that number will be added to money raised from the other walks province wide and all that money will be distributed in the province.
“Anything that is fundraisers for this event goes back to the province that it was raised in. It’s just for programs and services here. That's what I really like about this because we do need it locally and especially here in Labrador being an isolated area where we don’t have access to all resources others do living in larger centers.”
She said she became involved in the walk for many reasons, including having a grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“He recently passed away, within the past year, so I now walk in memory of him,” she said. I also worked for the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador so that gives me an inside view and I got to see firsthand the impact non-profit organizations can have in our community and for family members who need this essential support.”
In addition to the money raised Harris-Edwards said the walk is also about raising awareness. She said they want to show others that are journeying with Alzheimer’s they are not alone, that they have the support of a community.
This year’s walk had 10 local sponsors, providing food and refreshments for the walkers during the event as well as prizes as an incentive to come out. This was also the first year they got residents from the long-term care facility involved, which Harris-Edwards said was a really big moment for her.
“It was great to have all the support, from Labrador Grenfell-Health, from local businesses and the long-term care facility,” she said.