We would like to acknowledge Keith Broadfoot as our inaugural honorary life member of the Dementia Research Community. Keith has been a dedicated supporter of our charity since its inception and his passion, energy and dedication will be with us forever.
Meet the faces of the Dementia Research Community and organising committee behind Bondi2Berry – each of us volunteer our time to deliver our great events to help end dementia. Click here to find out more about our Research Committee.
My dad was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and passed away in August 2022. This gave my family and I a steep learning curve, and greater understanding of what this disease is all about. Seeing my dad deteriorate from the person I grew up with led to me to co-founding the Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember in 2016. The awareness and fundraising we achieve allows the community to learn about dementia and to feel comfortable talking about dementia. Our events fund research for a cure for dementia and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved so far, and look forward to growing our charity into the future.
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My beautiful healthy mum, Dianne Stanners, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2016 and sadly passed away in October 2020 at the age of 76. It is soul destroying to watch what this insidious disease does to someone you love and the challenges it brings to their carers and families. That is why I rode the first Bondi2Berry and am on part of the Committee. I hope we can not only help find a cure but raise understanding and empathy in the community to help those with Dementia live rich and fulfilling lives.
My grandad suffered from dementia in his later years and it was extremely tough on the entire family. Thankfully it never stopped him from smiling, enjoying the chats and insisting he should be getting back to the electrical shop he managed until he was 80 years old!
I met Nick and the B2B family through a local cycling group and was very keen to get involved. I love the Bondi2Berry community as everyone is so passionate about giving it their all, raising awareness and having fun!
My partner’s grandmother suffered from Dementia and I saw the pain and frustration that it caused not only her, but her family and friends too.
I met Nick through a local tri club and jumped at the opportunity to contribute to such a great cause when he asked me about taking on this role. I did my first B2B ride in 2021 and have seen what great work the charity has done to increase awareness around the disease, raise vital funds to help find a cure as well as put on such brilliant, fun events.
My battle with dementia is personal, and one I am sure will sneak up on me. After a freak accident in my home and almost 12 months of recovering, I now have an increased risk of developing early-onset dementia as I age.
During my recovery, I faced dementia-like symptoms daily, and my family saw first-hand how awful this disease is. I am riding with Bondi2Berry to raise much-needed funds to learn more about dementia, how to stop it, and one day, hopefully, find a cure.
I have been involved with the Bondi2Berry event since 2019 when i was offered the opportunity to come on board as one of the medics. I have been able to support both single day rides and the multi day rides over the past 4 years and am so inspired by the passion and determination of all involved. Finding a cure for dementia is the goal and research is the key. It’s a privilege to be part of the committee.
Training rides & operations
My grandmother had Dementia and I saw the frustration this caused her as well as the impact to my family helping to look after her and this was my opportunity do some something positive. I did the first Bondi2Berry event and seen how many people were impacted by this disease, so I decided I wanted to be involved with and help it grow each year. I feel privileged to be part of the amazing B2B Committee.
My mother-in-law passed away from dementia related complications in November 2020. This was made especially difficult as we were still in the throes of border lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic, so my husband and his family were unable to spend time with her in her final days. I decided to ride Bondi2Berry and join the Committee to raise money for this insidious disease and not only try to find effective treatment and a cure but also to support those who are left behind.
Sometimes I spend longer at the coffee shop than I spent on the bike but to me the banter is just as important as the Strava segments. My wife, Cassie, and I through our company have sponsored the B2B ride since its inception. Supporting the event is very important to me and I have enjoyed watching it grow and achieve fantastic success.
Fundraising & Research
My Mum was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s, which was a shock to our whole family. Mum has taken the diagnosis in her stride and has tried to make the best of a difficult situation over the years. I jumped at the opportunity to be on the Bondi2Berry Committee which has given me a chance to tangibly be involved in dementia related initiatives and help continue to grow the event and community that is Bondi2Berry.