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Team build and provide support to those affected by dementia
Looking for a team-building exercise that will leave you and your colleagues with a stronger personal connection as well as a great sense of accomplishment? Join the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for the 2015 MKGG (Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s) in support of the 70,000 British Columbians who face an uphill battle against dementia each day.
“The Grind is the Grind, and sunshine or rain it’s a fun event, because the energy of your team and the crowd just keeps you going,” says Monica Nguyen, an MKGG team captain who will be participating in the event for her fourth year.
Monica, who works at Metro Vancouver, credits MKGG with transforming her colleagues into friends as well as providing a great opportunity to get to know people at different levels and in other departments of the organization. “It has created more personal relationships that go beyond work,” she says.
Meeting the challenge of the Grind together creates deeper bonds between team members, and after fundraising and training together – and then making it to the top – participants join together for the summit celebration. “We get to celebrate our shared accomplishments – the physical and fundraising challenges we’ve taken on together,” says Monica.
Fundraising can be a challenge, she reports, but by tackling it as a team, Metro Vancouver has surpassed their MKGG fundraising goals two out of three years. “Not many people are used to fundraising, but seeking support for the team – as opposed to for the individuals on the team – really makes it feel more like a team effort,” she advises.
After her grandmother in California was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Monica reached out to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to do what she could here for people with the disease. She has been active as a volunteer and fundraiser ever since.
When she reached out to Metro Vancouver’s 1,200 employees for support, Monica says that she received encouraging emails from many who had family or friends impacted by the disease, thanking her and the rest of the team for their contributions to the cause. In response, she says, “I was able to thank them for their support and also direct them to the Society’s website and support number, so that they knew that they weren’t alone.”