Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Annual Donation Brings Big Smiles to BlueCare; Brendan Ryan Wheels in Big Dollars for Local Dementia Support Group

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Annual Donation Brings Big Smiles to BlueCare; Brendan Ryan Wheels in Big Dollars for Local Dementia Support Group

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DEMENTIA

More than 342,800 Australians live with dementia.

That number is expected to reach almost 900,000 by 2050.

Paige Ashby

Reporter

IT was his relationship with his grandparents that inspired Brendan Ryan to donate to elderly support service BlueCare.

Mr Ryan lost his two grandmothers to dementia when he was in his early 20s, and frustratingly watched their memories fade away.

For the past ten years Mr Ryan has held car shows next to his tyre company, Ryanie for Tyres, to raise money for Warwick BlueCare.

His efforts have provided BlueCare with over $140,000 in donations.

This year he knocked on their door with another huge cheque to help support those suffering with dementia.

He dropped the car show this year and instead hosted a charity dinner at the Warwick Golf Club in May.

And $5250 of his donations went to Warwick BlueCare which hopes to use the money to sponsor a second car to allow more nurses to visit patients in their homes.

Multi service manager Sue Hoopman said she was grateful for Mr Ryan's ongoing support.

Pam Eather, who runs a dementia support group, also received $5250 which will go towards a renovation project the group has been working on to establish a local respite centre. …

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