Inspirational Stories

They are the individuals, families, groups and businesses who share a common desire – to help enhance the quality of life of all West Australians living with dementia, their families and carers. Alzheimer's Australia WA  extends its sincere thanks to all of these people and for their truly amazing fundraising efforts!

Looking for inspiration? See how some of our supporters have had fun raising money:

Olivia Holtmeulen

Event: Alzheimer’s Charity Golf DayOlivia Holtmeulen's Golf Day

In 2014, 10 year old Olivia Holtmeulen decided to make a difference and help people with dementia like her Grandad Arney who passed away in 2013. After talking with her Dad Geoff, they put together a committee (with Olivia as the Chairperson!) and decided to host the 2015 Alzheimer's Charity Golf Day in his memory. 128 people enjoyed a wonderful day of golf and fun at the picturesque Araluen Golf Resort for the inaugural event. To raise some extra money, Olivia issued fines out on the golf course and they held a raffle and an auction with presentations at the dinner portion of the event. Olivia raised a massive $11,236.30 that year for Alzheimer’s Australia WA, but she didn’t want to stop there. Olivia decided to turn the Alzheimer’s Charity Golf Day into an annual event and in 2016, Olivia raised an amazing $15, 686.27 for Alzheimer’s Australia WA. 

Amount Raised: $26,922.57

Stadium Masters Swimming Club

Event: SwimathonStadium Masters Swimming Club

Geoff Lane is a member of the swimming club and has volunteered for AAWA at the street appeal, Memory Walk & in many other ways over the past 25 years. When they discussed which charity they should raise money for, Geoff suggested AAWA as he knows all about our programs and services and how much they can make a difference to helping people living with dementia. Along with Geoff,  Barry Green and Elizabeth Edmondson are also in the swimming club and have played a huge role in organising the teams fundraising event’s. In 2015, 16 swimmers swam 40,100 metres at HBF Stadium, raising $5,450.00. The Stadium Masters Swimming Club will keep fundraising through 2016 and will continue to support those living with dementia, their families and their carers.

Amount Raised: $5,450

Yuluma Primary School

Yuluma Primary School Cupcake stallEvent: Cupcake Stall

Cole Christides is a Year 3 student at Yuluma Primary School and he wanted to help in some way by raising funds for people living with dementia like his Grandma Rhonda Shanahan. Rhonda attends the ladies club at Mary Chester Centre.  Cole believes it is important to raise awareness and support research into Alzheimer’s disease. Ten Year 6 Student Leaders assisted Cole, his Mum Tara and Amanda Vanderputten (P&C Representative) to set up a cupcake stall, giveaway balloons, wristbands, temporary tattoos and stickers and sell cupcakes for $1 or $2 each to all the students.

Amount Raised: $437.35

Caris Allen


Event: 3 Marathons in 3 Days

Caris’ grandmother had Alzheimer’s and passed away in late 2013. She is raised funds for research to help people like her grandmother so that we can one day find a cure or prevent the disease. Caris ran 3 marathons in 3 days amongst the trails of far north Queensland.

Amount Raised: $11,500

Quote from Caris’ fundraising page: “I think it is safe to say that we all directly, or indirectly, know someone who has, or has had, Alzheimer's Disease. On a personal level, I have firsthand experience of the devastation this disease causes, after watching my grandmother live with, and eventually succumb to Alzheimer’s in late 2013. It has been my passion ever since to somehow raise funds and assist in the incredible work that is being done to one day find a cure, or better yet, prevent this disease altogether”.

Want to know more?

If you would like to talk about your fundraising ideas, please contact the Fundraising Team on 08 9388 2800 or via


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