The Longest Day will be held Sunday, June 20, 2021. This is an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. And it’s the day the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support and research.
Have you registered for The Longest Day yet? Participants who raise $200 between March 11 and April 1 will earn this purple picnic blanket! Register today and get access to tips and tools to kickoff your fundraising: alz.org/TLD.
The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On June 20th, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice.
For more information call 1 800 272-3900.
The Longest Day will be celebrated Friday, June 20, 2020, worldwide.
Before Covid-19 made virtual events mandatory, the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated The Longest Day by encouraging supporters to spend the day doing whatever they most enjoyed- hiking, biking, barbequing.. as they raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s.
Virtual events used to require an explanation about how the process works, but I think everybody pretty much has it down by now. Hold your fundraiser wherever and however you want on the 20th while raising important funds for a worthy cause.
To register for The Longest Day, to get event ideas, to set up a fundraising page or to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association visit: https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=13035&pg=entry&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=TLD-2020&s_subsrc=TLD-2020&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzZj2BRDVARIsABs3l9LY2r5Josdl4OGzfZs95XV5P9VRbeCIB6yVxiNzgaQOXMW-ALULBU4aAmRCEALw_wcB
The Alzheimer’s Association’s ultimate goal- the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
I was wrong.
I’ve said it many times – for non-profits, volunteers are second in importance only to donations- money first, volunteers second.
Saturday, Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association- CT Chapter Tina Hogan set me straight.
” I couldn’t accomplish anything without volunteers,” she said, ” They are more important than anything”. She made her point by listing a dozen tasks that volunteers perform- office volunteers, community representatives, graphic/web design, community educators, special events, and more. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes 50 to 100 volunteers alone” Tina told me.
And that was why Tina and her crew were at the Falls Village Inn this past Saturday- for the Alzheimer’s Association Leap into Action Volunteer Kickoff to recruit help for a busy upcoming season of activities and beyond. And they were successful – 25 folks came and signed up to help!
Some of them no doubt will be lending a hand for The Longest Day (June 21st) and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s which will be held for the first time at Lime Rock Park in October. LRP has chosen the Alzheimer’s Association as its signature charity this year.
You will be able to find the details of both events on sportingAcause.com.
Evidence shows that people want to help out charities, both through donations and volunteerism, but often don’t know where to start. Here’s how: email alz.org/ct and offer your services. They can use all skill sets. Or contact another local charity whose mission is dear to your heart. They can all use the help.
I sense a trend.
Last spring, Camphill Village, a residential facility serving adults with developmental challenges in Copake, New York, hosted a 5k run on their campus. Since many of the residents’ families live great distances away from Camphill, the 5k included a “run where you are” option. This allowed family members to take part in the event almost as if they were there- they paid their entry fee, received a T shirt and ran their 5K wherever in the world they happened to be. They felt included.
This summer the Alzheimer’s Association will host The Longest Day on June 21st, a day that not only is the literal longest day of the year, but also demonstrates that every day is the longest day for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers. This will be an entirely virtual event.
Participants will solicit donations as they do for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, but now they will perform whatever they want to do, wherever they are, and whenever they feel like it. Registrants can run down their own street, play a round of golf on their home course or even invite friends over for a barbecue to raise money for the cause.
As many people now work from home, now folks can fundraise and do their thing from their own surroundings.
I like that notion.
Of course gatherings will always have their place- there is energy in numbers and good things happen whenever kind-hearted people come together. But as an alternative to traveling a distance to a fundraiser, the practice of helping your cause from home I believe will surely grow.
And on June 21st?
I’ll be Mowing my Lawn to End Alzheimer’s.
Til next Time