TO RAISE awareness (and funds) for dementia care, shipping industry stalwart David Baker will be running in the 2017 City2Surf run in Sydney on August 13.
Dementia is Australia’s second-leading cause of death behind coronary heart disease, according to the Austrian Institute of health and Welfare.
Mr Baker said he hadn’t realised what a terrible condition dementia was until he experienced it.
“My wife, Philomena, developed vascular dementia nearly four years ago when she was 75,” he said.
“She is now totally incapacitated; unable to care for herself and sadly can no longer speak.”
Mr Baker’s race-day contribution will raise money to support dementia care.
“It’s important that care institutions provide best quality care to dementia sufferers and ensure that where possible, people can fulfil their lives to best possible advantage within the confines of their condition,” he said.
“Care institutions do not have unlimited funds and do the best they can with what they have across all of the functions they are required to perform.”
Mr Baker will donate funds raised to support the work of Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) and its dementia care activities.
“I hope some people get on board to support an old guy like me to run this race,” he said.
“No one ever contemplates having their loved ones stolen by dementia and doing something about it can only be in the best interests of the entire community.”
The City2Surf run follows a 14km course from Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD and ends at Bondi Beach. Total elevation gain throughout the course comes to 224m in five climbs.
Mr Baker was the founding executive officer of the New South Wales Sea Freight Council in 2000 after retiring as an executive director of P&O Containers in 1996.