LAST Sunday around 1800 people hit the pavement at Speers Point Park to raise money for Alzheimer's Australia.
The park was buzzing as seven-year-old Nurak "Charlie" Charley, the Vanuatu boy who received corrective surgery to his club feet in the Hunter, inspired the mass of walkers as he led in front.
It was the charity's second annual Hunter Memory Walk & Jog and raised $60,000 for the Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre in Hamilton.
Participants took part in either a 2-kilometre walk, 7.5-km walk or a 7.5-km run in support of the estimated 10,000 people living with dementia, their families and friends in the Hunter.
More than 320,000 people have dementia in Australia and it is estimated to hit more than half a million by 2030.
Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure.
Alzheimer's Australia NSW chief executive John Watkins said it was a wonderful event and thanked all those who took part.
"We are thrilled with the level of support and community spirit shown at today's Memory Walk & Jog," Mr Watkins said.
People can still donate by going to memorywalk.com.au/Hunter.
The National Dementia Helpline is 1800 10 500.