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RBC’s $4K donation to Alzheimer’s Society comes at ‘critical’ time

Sault employees from the Royal Bank and Alzheimer’s Society came together for a 3 km walk on Friday in an effort to raise awareness for the disease

Local Royal Bank employees joined representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma on Friday for their second annual walk to help raise awareness of the disease.

Team RBC presented the Alzheimer’s Society with a cheque for $4,000 prior to their three km walk along Great Northern Road.

Alzheimer’s Society executive director Terry Caporossi is incredibly appreciative of RBC’s support again this year. He notes the help comes at a critical time.

“RBC has been a great community partner for the Alzheimer’s Society for many years,” he says. “We absolutely appreciate their continued support in raising much-needed funds to support local services and programs for people leaving with dementia and their caregivers.”

Caporossi says all the money raised stays local and supports over 3,300 families and people living with dementia.

Services at the Alzheimer’s Society that will benefit from these funds include their recreational therapy program, adult day program, transitional support program, Minds in Motion, community outreach support program, First Link, and other educational services.

The executive director says these funds are arguably more important than ever before.

“The number [of residents with Alzheimer’s] continues to grow year after year,” he says. “Since we moved to this office, our referrals were up 44 per cent in the first year we moved. Support like this remains critical to the work that we do in our community.”

“We have such a kind, caring, and compassionate group of staff here who deliver for these families on a daily basis, and I’m extremely proud of them.”

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