Being single, and interested in one of the employees of the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, Jim Keron figured it would be a wise move to help out when requested to help set up for the Woodstock Walk back in 2007. It was! Now married to Jan Vicars, Community Development Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society, whose mother had AD, Jim as been volunteering at and participating in the Walks ever since.
Jim is very involved in the Thamesford Lions Club. Several years ago the Club, at Jim’s suggestion, started entering a team in the Walks. A couple of years ago, they extended a challenge to other Lions clubs in the county to come out and support the Walks. To entice people to join in, Jim built a trophy to be awarded to the club that raised the most money. Jim says, “This was not an ordinary “shiny” trophy. The intention is that every year the winning team adds something to it and over time the trophy grows into heaven knows what. We find that the spirit of the Alzheimer Society is very much in line with the Lions’ motto - “we serve” - so it makes all kinds of sense to support this cause. I strongly believe in service to the community, and the Alzheimer Society of Oxford does an excellent job of supporting clients and caregivers living with dementia in the local community”.
Jim says the most fun for him is to volunteer at the money table and interact with all the walkers bringing in their pledges, while he finds the Lights of Hope a quiet time to honour those living with Alzheimer’s disease and remember those who have passed on.
When asked what he would say to encourage someone to participate in the Walk, Jim says, “In my case, I would like to encourage more Lions clubs to join in the competition. It’s a fun afternoon, the money all goes to support local people and our efforts support this highly valuable service. “
Thank you Jim, for all you do for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. Hope your Lions team wins that trophy this year!