For the past eight years at midnight on December 15, Steve McNeil has bundled up, laced his skates, and stepped out onto the rink at Nathan Phillips Square to skate for 19 hours and 26 minutes in honour of his mother, Eunice, who lived with Alzheimer’s for 15 years before passing in February 2013.
While Steve always skates on public rinks across Canada surrounded by the community, due to physical distancing mandates, this year’s #1926skate will be closed to the public to ensure safety. Steve will be skating at the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, a live stream will be available on our Facebook and Instagram pages so you can cheer Steve on!
“I’ve had such a hard time trying to secure ice for the #1926skate. . . all I can think about is how difficult it must be for people living with dementia and their families to get access to the resources they need to live comfortably every day during the pandemic.” – Steve McNeil
That’s why, Steve is asking you to help him raise awareness and funds for people living with dementia, their care partners, and family during a time when they need it most.
#1926challenge = 19 minutes and 26 seconds
From December 1 until the day of Steve’s Skate on December 15 at midnight, give back by making a gift or participating in the #1926challenge to raise awareness for those living with dementia and the #1926skate on social media by completing a timed challenge!
Here are some ideas on how you can join the challenge!
· Create a playlist that is 19 minutes and 26 seconds long that contains some of your favourite skating tunes and share it on social media using #1926challenge.
· Go skating for 19 minutes and 26 seconds!
· Have a dance party for 19 minutes and 26 seconds!
· Use your imagination and do something for 19 minutes and 26 seconds!
Whether you make a gift or participate in the #1926challenge, we’re so grateful for your constant support.