PALZ Official Launch
The date was Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The time was 10am. The warm Spring sun streamed into the meeting room at Bupa’s East Geelong facility, as both community and corporate representatives mingled over morning tea. They were there for the official launch of PALZ – Professionals with Alzheimer’s.
An informative power-point presentation by MC and Board member, Jason Trethowan, national CEO of Headspace, outlined the need for an organisation to provide a social and intellectually stimulating environment for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or similar disease.
Dr John Roth, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease a year ago, spoke of the impacts the disease brought both professionally and within society generally. His powerful message was incredibly moving. His words reinforced the need for an organisation, such as PALZ, to provide an intellectually and socially stimulating environment. He spoke of how it would enable retention of self-respect and dignity, and longer and greater independence.
PALZ Chairman, Mrs Cathy Roth OAM, outlined the evolution of PALZ and acknowledged the incredible support by many people, including family who had travelled from interstate and overseas, to attend the launch.
Board members Jason Trethowan MBA, Tony Still MBA, and Jodi Heath MBA were introduced.
At this point the exciting news that Associate Professor Michael Woodward AM, a world-acclaimed expert in Alzheimer’s Disease, had agreed to be Patron, was announced.
Sponsors and supporters were acknowledged and officially thanked by the Board, and presented with a framed certificate of appreciation. A number of those, who could not attend, have requested follow-up information.
Presentations were made to:
BUPA with special acknowledgement of Ms Jannie Piercy, and Ms Heather McKibbin
The Geelong Advertiser and a special presentation to journalist Mr Danny Lannen
Harwood Andrews and a special presentation to Mr Dan Simmonds
K-Rock and Bay FM
Order of Australia Association – Victorian Branch
Rotary Club of Geelong Central
Austin Hospital Cognitive Research Unit
The final message of the launch was that Alzheimer’s Disease, and similar diseases, are not just Geelong problems – they are world problems. PALZ will launch in Geelong but will roll out across Australia, and the world, providing dignity and support to the increasing numbers who need it.