Boy raises money to cure Alzheimer’s

Cole Christides with Steven Vanderputten.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d439223
Cole Christides with Steven Vanderputten. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d439223

YEAR 3 Yalumna Primary student Cole Christides is stopping at nothing to make sure doctors one day find a cure for Alzheimer⿿s disease, which his grandmother is battling.

The eight-year-old raised more than $350 for Alzheimer’s Australia WA during the Run for a Reason and held a cupcake stall at his school last Wednesday, encouraging students to donate and learn about the progressive brain disorder.

Cole said he believed it was important to raise awareness and support research into Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Maybe one day the doctors will learn how to fix it so people don’t get Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.

“It is also good to teach people about Alzheimer’s so if they have a nonna or a pop, or someone in their family who has it, they can understand why they might ask lots of questions and sometimes forget things.”

Cole’s mother Tara said the school’s fundraiser was a good opportunity to educate students about the disease.

“It’s fantastic to just get the name Alzheimer’s out there, and more than likely there would be other children in the school who know someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia” Ms Christides said.

“Just to create this little bit of knowledge and awareness in the kids at Yuluma is great.”