Health & Wellness: Charity Walks

September is often perfect walking weather. Not too hot, not too cold, and the changing leaves make for great scenery. It’s no wonder that many charities choose to hold fundraising walks during the month! For example, the Alzheimer’s Association puts on their nationwide Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September.

This year in Minnesota, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held on September 15th. There were 6,345 participants and 777 teams total for the event. To date, they have raised $1,489,349.46 for the Alzheimer’s Association. That makes Minnesota’s walk their number one fundraising walk for the year!

Sojourn is very passionate about Alzheimer’s research, support, and resources. We pay attention to the funding and events for Alzheimer’s and other related causes. When walks like the Alzheimer’s Walk raise millions of dollars, where does that money go? It’s important to view and evaluate how charities use the money given to them. According to their website, 77% of the funds raised during Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes to “Alzheimer’s care, support, research, awareness and advocacy.” Only 6% goes to administration, while the other 17% helps raise more funds.

Consider participating in a charitable walk the next month or next year. Not only does it directly benefit those affected by disease or difficulty, it also has a positive effect on participants. The exercise is good for the body, while fundraising and volunteering boosts good moods, lowers stress, and increases a sense of community.

If you would like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, the fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is still open! You can give and watch the numbers on http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=11317&pg=entry

If you would like to see a more detailed breakdown of how funds are used at the Association, click here.

For more information on the personal benefits of volunteering, take a look at this 2013 research from UnitedHealth Group: https://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/content/dam/UHG/PDF/2013/UNH-Health-Volunteering-Study.pdf