Local Alzheimer Society breaks out beads for awareness

Volunteers Dana Yonemitsu from the Bancroft and District Real Estate Board, Vince Childs from Bancroft Dollar Store Plus, Sarah Krieger of the Alzheimer Society and BDREB President Emma Kearns get ready to sell beads to support caregivers and those with a diagnosis of dementia.

Volunteers Dana Yonemitsu from the Bancroft and District Real Estate Board, Vince Childs from Bancroft Dollar Store Plus, Sarah Krieger of the Alzheimer Society and BDREB President Emma Kearns get ready to sell beads to support caregivers and those with a diagnosis of dementia.

Our local Alzheimer Society wants you to show your beads as part of a new Alzheimer awareness campaign that will run locally through the holiday season.

While planning for the 2015 Walk for Memories and the Alzheimer’s Awareness month in January, Sarah Krieger, Education and Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Belleville Hastings Quinte and committee member Dana Yonemitsu, Executive Officer from the Bancroft District Real Estate Board tried to think of ways to raise awareness and raise much needed funds for the North Hastings area.

“Dana and I were talking about the bracelet that I wear every day,” Krieger says. “Dana gave me the bracelet as a gift and now she keeps buying me new beads for it. This was our starting point.”

With this idea of in mind, Krieger and her team of volunteers started searching Bancroft for the perfect bead.

They didn’t have to look too far.

Vince Childs runs the Bancroft Dollar Store Plus on Snow Road and he had the perfect bead for the campaign. It is white with Forget Me Not flowers on it – the flower used to symbolize Alzheimer’s disease. Childs made the order and Krieger’s volunteers worked on the special packaging that contains a business card with the Alzheimer Society contact details on it.

Krieger says those who got an early look at the awareness bead were all equally excited.

“Dana has been doing an incredible job with early sales,” Krieger says. “The feedback has been amazing. She even sold a bead to a REALTOR® who was going back out West and awareness beads have also found homes in the UK. Everyone has great ideas for how to use the beads to show their support.”

And now that the beads are finally available locally for purchase, Krieger and her team of volunteers, Vince Childs and the Bancroft and District Real Estate Board, want you to show them your beads.

“It’s easy – just show us your beads,” Krieger explains. “Buy a bead and then take a picture of how you’re wearing it. Get creative and email or tweet the picture with the hash tag, #showusyourbead.”

Krieger will post the pics to the North Hastings Alzheimer Society Facebook page and hopes to have new images every day.

“Each time we post a picture of someone with a bead we send a message to caregivers and those with the diagnosis that we are here, as a community and we’ll face this together.”

The beads are available for $5 at all local real estate offices, at the Bancroft Dollar Store Plus, at the Twins Day Spa and through volunteers with our local chapter of the Alzheimer Society.

Make your purchase and email your pictures to Sarah.Krieger@alzheimerhpe.ca or tweet using #showusyourbead. The campaign will run through the month of January.

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