Hanover – Continuing the tradition during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the annual Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce Walk for Memories will be held this Saturday at Hanover Heights, starting at 9 am.
Refreshments will be available for everyone as they walk in, and the ribbon cutting and walk will take place at 10 am in the school gym.
There will be a silent auction during the walk, along with entertainment, and everyone who has collected $50 or more will be entered in a draw for a special prize; however, everyone in attendance will be receiving a prize in the end.
A young girl from Chesley has gotten a head start on fundraising for this event. Sadie Morrow has, up to the point of The Post’s deadline, raised more than $1000 on her own within her community.
Sadie is six years old and attends Walkerton Public School. A class project set in motion a series of selfless actions to help out with the event. Along with three other classes in her school, Sadie’s Grade 1 class took part in a project called “Who is Nobody?”
Every week a student is selected to bring home a blue stuffed doll, which has no face, no clothes, no gender, no ethnicity, and no identity; therefore named “Nobody.” Students keep Nobody for a week and during that time, the student must do some kind of good deed. After completing that deed, they must attach an object to Nobody to represent that act of kindness.
Sadie has had Nobody for several days, and Nobody has received quite a makeover. Helping out with the Walkerton Food Drive, along with the money she has raised for the Alzheimer Society, the once plain blue doll is now decorated with many objects representing the work she has put in to helping others.
I want to do this next year as well, and work on Nobody again— Sadie Morrow, grade 1 student
After sending out several emails to friends and family members telling them about her idea to raise money, and with the help of her mother, Nancy Morrow, Sadie went door-to-door to collect funds from people she knew. Nancy is a kindergarten teacher at Walkerton Public School, and staff members were more than happy to help out as well.
“I want to do this next year as well, and work on Nobody again,” Sadie said with enthusiasm.
When she was asked if she enjoyed raising money and being part of a special event such as Walk For Memories, a firm nodding of the head confirmed the words that came out of her mouth after, as Sadie simply said with a big smile, “Yes.”
Along with the event in Hanover, West Hill School in Owen Sound and Saugeen Shores School in Port Elgin will be holding their own walks for the Alzheimer Society of Grey and Bruce.
This article was published in The Post Newspaper on January 29th 2010