© Ageing And Research Institute 2016 You are here:  > Events > Events Events From time-to-time supporters of our ageing research like to stage events to raise funds. These events make a very significant contribution enabling AAAI to support world class research at Concord Hospital.   Supporting AAAI events can make a tangible difference to the health of older people.   2015 Event Graham Felton (past patron and now Advisory Committee member) has returned from his adventure and has successfully raised the tremendous  amount of $10,000.00.  For those who know Graham, you would be aware that he loves going on adventures/fundraising events which he organises and funds himself.  He has so many supporters contributing to the charity close to his heart, which  he says “makes these challenges more enjoyable and it is your gesture of goodwill that inspires me on”. He said the trek itself was phenomenal. The people he met were remarkable; the history and the scenery were epic.  He found it a privilege to walk in the footsteps of courageous men - especially one in particular.  Each trekker was given a number which represented one of the men who died on the Death March and they had the duty to carry the soldiers spirit along the way.  When they reached the location where the soldier met his death each person, like Graham, read out their soldier’s story - a very emotional moment.   Graham enjoyed the comaraderie of his fellow travellers, the guides and Lynette Silver who organised the trek.  Graham’s desire to pay his respects to these men who were hoping for miracles, but lost their lives in the act of duty for their country, has been completed. To all of those of us who are on our ‘living’ journey and hoping for medical miracles to keep us going, the money raised on this trek will go to help find the answers. Post Script: Once the trek was completed and as the group stood in the Kundasang War Memorial a huge 6.0 earthquake erupted.  The group was safe but major rock slides on Mt Kinabalu killed 18 people who were trekking on the slopes. Graham was planning to climb the mountain the following day but the mountain was closed. Past Events Examples of these past events have indeed been varied and have attracted much local and regional interest. They have included long distance runs, completing major walks, motor cycle rides and further back in time, concerts. A brief summary of some of our past events is given below.   The Great North Walk was a Graham Felton initiated fund raising event. He and fellow walkers had supporters sponsor them by donating amounts for completed sections, or for the entire walk. For more details, Great North Walk September/October 2010 Another event in the chronicles of the intrepid motorcyclist enthusiasts Graham Felton and John Sinclair. The ride celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their epic 1958 ride around Australia on a 1942 Harley. For more details, 50th Anniversary Ride May/July 2008 In this adventure, Graham successfully completed the Kokoda Track walk. His idea was to promote the Track’s history, particularly during World War II, use the walk as an example of healthy ageing and of course, raise money. For more details, The Kokoda Track Walk August/September 2006 This event was a re-enactment of the around Australia 1929 ride by Bowers and Smith and was used to raise funds for research into Alzheimers disease. For more details, Around Australia 75th Anniversary Ride July/September 2004 Not content with the 100 k run, Kay undertook a much longer and more arduous event, from Sydney to Canberra. The 300 k run was organized as a joint event with Alzheimers Australia NSW. For more details, Granny Kay’s 300 Ks September 2003 Kay Worrall’s mother suffered Alzheimers disease and she undertook this event to raise money for ageing and alzheimers research. With the help of her husband Kerry and other local supporters they organised a variety of activities culminating in the run from Terrigal to the ANZAC Memorial Park, adjacent to Concord Hospital. For more details, Granny Kay’s 100 Ks April 2001