Fall Fling will swing for caregivers

Benefit dance for Cranbrook Caregivers, Friday, Sept. 25, features the big band Noteables

Townsman Staff

The Noteables are back, and are ready to swing the house at a special fundraiser, set for Friday.

Cranbrook’s big band is bringing its swinging sound to the Heritage Inn on Sept. 25 for a benefit dance — Aggie’s Fall Fling — aiming to help support caregivers for elderly people in Cranbrook.

The event is being organized by Kevin Dunk and the Cranbrook Caregivers Group.

Dunk spoke about how the event touches him personally, as it pays homage to his own caregiving journey with his late mother Aggie.

“As someone who was a caregiver for a number of years for my Mother Aggie, I feel incredibly blessed to be involved with Aggie’s Fall Fling, supporting Cranbrook caregivers,” he said. “I’m very excited about the Fall Fling — how it will honour my mother and at the same time provide a rest for those who are caregiving for a loved one. This is an essential component in enhancing their own health and well-being.”

As the population ages, the role of family caregivers has become more prominent as care in the familiar surroundings of the home may delay the onset of some symptoms, and postpone or eliminate the need for more professional costs as well. Family caregivers often give up time from work and forego pay in order to spend an average of 47 hours a week with a loved one, who frequently cannot be left alone.

Aggie’s Fall Fling is raising funds to support caregivers by providing patient comforts or help bring in and deliver educational materials for caregivers and their families.

The event will also bring together all of those caregiving for loved ones and give them an opportunity to mix and mingle.

Aggie’s Fall Fling is a recognized and approved fundraising event for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. Donations raised at the event will be stewarded for caregiver programs in Cranbrook. For more information about the event, call Kevin Dunk at 250-426-2450.

Tickets for Aggie’s Fall Fling are available at Lotus Books, at the door, or on-line at SNAP’d East Kootenay. Donations in support of the Cranbrook Caregivers are also greatly appreciated.