Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, lifeguard Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid made a splash in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in honour of his mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
As one of the lifeguards who patrol the shores of Australia's most famous beach, Reidy execute rescues, resuscitations, and face a multitude of challenges, but none as close to his heart as hosting the Sydney Harbour Splash event which helps raise funds for Dementia Australia.
The event challenged participants in 1km, 2.5km and 5km swims.
The popular lifeguard said he partnered with Dementia Australia to raise money and awareness for the lives of people impacted by dementia.
Reidy's commitment has been acknowledged through his newest appointment as Dementia Australia Ambassador.
“I have been involved with Dementia Australia for many years by way of fundraising, and I’m honoured to now officially be an Ambassador,” Mr Reid said.
“I hope one day we find a cure, but in the meantime I’m excited to be involved with Dementia Australia in an official capacity and to be able to raise awareness of this disease.”
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she was delighted to welcome Mr Reid as a member of the Ambassador Program.
“Our Ambassadors are truly an inspiration. They are motivated by the impact dementia has had on their own lives, to generously help others,” Ms McCabe said.
“I acknowledge Andrew for his commitment to making a difference to the lives of people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, and their families and carers.
For more about Dementia Australia’s Ambassador Program visit www.dementia.org.au/ambassadors.
To donate visit www.dementia.org.au