NRL legend Royce Simmons has launched a virtual fundraising portal that will allow supporters around the world to join him in conquering their own physical challenge while raising much-needed funds for dementia research.
Simmons is currently in final preparations for the second edition of Royce’s Big Walk later this month, which will see him walk 313 kilometres from Dubbo to Bathurst in support of dementia research and awareness.
And while the 62-year-old’s walking companions will be limited to high-profile guests, the all-new virtual fundraising portal on the Royce’s Big Walk website gives people of all ages the opportunity to set a personalised goal and get involved.
“Last year I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who wanted to be part of Royce’s Big Walk and do more than simply make a donation,” Simmons said.
“Now we’ve created a way for people anywhere in the world to jump on board, take on a challenge of their choosing and raise money at the same time.
“Whether you want to walk, run, swim, hit the gym, or anything you can imagine, our virtual fundraiser gives you the freedom to set your own goal and get involved.
“Not only will you help raise funds for an important cause but in telling people about your challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to start important conversations and spread awareness about dementia.”
It’s estimated there are currently up to 400,000 Australian living with dementia. It’s the leading cause of death for Australian women and the second leading cause of death for all Australians.
In 2022 Simmons used his own Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis as inspiration for the inaugural Royce’s Big Walk, which raised over $1 million for dementia research.
This year’s walk begins in Dubbo on Tuesday 18 April and will conclude at Carrington Park in Bathurst on Saturday 29 April, as the Panthers and Wests Tigers NRL sides do battle for the Royce Simmons Cup.
Anyone interested in participating in or supporting a virtual fundraiser should visit roycesbigwalk.com.au.