ASI Camino Adventure 2018!
Advocate Kathy Ryan and presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin will be tackling our Camino Adventure to raise funds and public awareness for people with dementia in Ireland during World Alzheimer’s Month in September.
Kathy, who was diagnosed with younger on-set Alzheimer in January 2014 and is Vice-Chair of the ASI’s Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG), is looking forward to the challenge with Deric and a team of like-minded walkers in Spain from September 8th-15th.
This will be the first time that a person with dementia has taken part in The ASI’s Camino Adventure which is a 115km trek from Sarria to Compostela.
Kathy, who lives in Tipperary, has described the upcoming adventure as a dream come true and is eager to show that her condition is not a barrier and people with dementia can still do the things that others can do.
Kathy and Deric will be joined on the walk by like-minded walkers including Jacinta Dixon who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2017 and recently joined the IDWG. Jacinta is also looking forward to the challenge and raising the public profile of dementia during the Camino Adventure.
Advocate Kathy Ryan said: “Walking the Camino de Santiago is a dream come true for me. When I was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, I thought my chance of doing something like this was over. But, thanks to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, I now have the opportunity to take on this challenge and carry a banner for all people with dementia on this epic walk. This challenge shows that people with dementia can still do the things that other people can do.”
Presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin said: “‘I’m both privileged and delighted to be trekking the famed pilgrim path of the 'Camino de Santiago' later this September in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Living with dementia is a very challenging journey for both the person with the condition and their carers; so our aim will be to break down the barriers and silence the stigma with every step we take.”
Sign up to the Camino Adventure (September 8th - 15th)
Journey with us as we follow in the footsteps of many pilgrims throughout the ages. Enjoy the rustic landscape as we trek through quaint villages and blossoming trails.
Our participants are men and women of all ages! Everyone has different reasons for taking part, but the one thing everyone has in common is the desire to help families in Ireland living with dementia, whilst taking part in a unique experience.
Fill out our FORM to receive a copy of our Camino Brochure.