Dementia Australia celebrates the launch of the Southern Highlands 2018 Tulip Festival

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Noeline Brown, Logie award-winning actor, comedian and Australia’s first appointed Ambassador for Ageing, will today launch the Southern Highlands 2018 Tulip Festival, by planting the first bulb for this acclaimed event in New South Wales. 

The planting of the first bulb is an important milestone as it signals the countdown to the festival and the beginning of months of preparation work, from the dedicated team of gardeners and horticulturalists that help make the festival a perennial crowd favourite.

Executive Director Business Development Leanne Emerson, said Dementia Australia was thrilled to be an official charity partner, alongside Wingecaribee Adult Day Care Centres, for this popular event.  

“There is an estimated 425,000 Australians living with dementia, and it is now the leading cause of death for women in Australia,” Ms Emerson said.

“Funds raised during this year’s festival will help Dementia Australia provide vital services for people living with dementia their families, carers and their friends.”

Tulip Time in the Southern Highlands, which is held from 18 September to 1 October 2018, is one of Australia’s oldest and best-loved flower festivals attracting more than 65,000 visitors into the towns and villages across the shire during the two week festival. 

The centrepiece of Tulip Time features more than 70,000 mass planted tulips in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens, with an additional 40,000 tulips planted in public parks in Mittagong and Moss Vale. 

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

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Media contact: Anna Townend, Media and Communications Manager, anna.townend@dementia.org.au, 0435 532 214. 

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