The One Cent coin drive is far from over, says President of the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association Pamelia Brerton.
In a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, she said that the drive which began in July last year has so far raised more than $100,000 and was on going.
The money, which will go towards a day care centre for persons with Alzheimer’s, will not be nearly enough to start the project, the president noted. Brerton reiterated that Alzheimer’s was on the rise here in Barbados and that it was not only affecting the elderly population but also the young as early as 40 years old. She made another plea to Barbadians to continue to place the odd cents and other coins in the yellow collection boxes, containers and buckets instead of throwing them away.
The containers are located in gas stations, supermarkets, mini marts and several businesses around the country.
During this month, which is observed as Senior’s Month as well as World Alzheimer’s Month the Association will be hosting a number of events the theme of which is Dementia: A journey of caring.