Tuesday November 30, 2021 is the 10th #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that encourages people everywhere to do good for others in need of help. It started as a simple fundraiser idea in 2012 between the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation and has become a worldwide charitable campaign.
8 years ago, a group of 8 individuals living with dementia from 3 countries came together with the need to have one strong voice, and to provide each other, and others living with dementia, advocacy and support. The aim was to bring a community of people living with dementia together to urge the government, private sector, and medical professionals to listen to their concerns, to provide better support, and to work together to address this urgent global crisis.
Every 3 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia, and currently there is an estimated 55 million people, who are not being provided with adequate, if any, support. They are advised to get their end of life affairs in order, and advised that nothing can be done.
They are profoundly stigmatized and discriminated against, losing their right to co-exist and co-participate in their community.
When Dementia Alliance International (DAI) peer-to-peer (P2P) support groups were set up almost 8 years ago, they brought hope and joy to many who had not laughed and spoken since their diagnosis. This continues today, as new members of DAI continue to report DAI gives them HOPE.
And this would not have been made possible without the kindhearted supporters like you who showed up and gifted their time and donation to bring a new life of hope to the members.
Because of acts of kindness and generosity, DAI can continue to provide online peer to peer support groups and other activities for the members free of charge in 49 countries and counting.
Because of that, members of DAI are able to look forward to a new DAI website that is easier to navigate. Until then, DAI needs supporters like you to help to make these services remain available to our steadily increasing number of members from around the world.
Give people living with dementia a chance to regain hope for a future. Help DAI, an organization by and for people living with dementia to improve their quality of life.
Today, on #GivingTuesday, we share this fundraising campaign for Dementia Alliance International. Make a gift of generosity today.
- Make a gift to DAI
Every gift matters equally. Give what you can, when you can. Give once, or set up a monthly donation. It is entirely up to you. You can donate easily and safely here.
- Tell your contacts about #GivingTuesdayDAI
In conversation, by email, on social media… it is your choice. Let them know about the day, initiate a conversation about what matters to themand how they can help bring about positive change for people living with a diagnosis of dementia.
- Partner with DAI. Encourage others to do the same.
Every little bit helps. When you talk about us, donate to us, share our resources, you add your voice to a growing chorus of people with dementia whose vision is a “A World where all people are valued and included.” Your words, your actions, your gifts have power, they help strengthen us to fulfil our mission.