Running 100km in just 13 hours to raise $8,000 for Dementia Australia

When Josh Duncan, a business development manager at Ubank, was told his mother Jenny had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 61, he just not stand idly by.

He decided to run 100km in one day to raise funds for Dementia Australia and set a $2,000 fund raising goal.

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Duncan set out on 18 February from Caddies Creek Reserve, Beaumont Hills, in Sydney’s northwest, alongside his team – Ubank colleague Timothy McKenzie, Resimac’s Rodney Cottam, Bridgit’s Nik Thurgood, and James Brett. The target was to conquer the winding 10km path 10 times.

After 13 gruelling hours, Duncan finished his run, achieving a remarkable feat of both physical and mental endurance. In doing so, he raised more than $8,000 for Dementia Australia, exceeding his initial goal.

“It’s hard to put into words what I went through and the amazing support I received from people from all walks of life,” said Duncan.

“When I finished, I was super emotional, sense of pride and gratitude for the people around me and who supported the fundraiser and joined me on the day.”

With a growing ageing population, it is predicted that the estimated number of Australians living with dementia will more than double by 2058 to around 850,000 people.

“I want to raise more awareness around the disease and be able to contribute to the eventual cure,” Duncan said. “I want to dedicate this to my mum and also to the main caregiver, my dad, who has fought for her health for the past six years.

“Dementia is a cruel disease, one where you mourn the person who is still alive as they are not themselves anymore, and anything I can raise will help. If I can help one person this will be a win.”

While he has already exceeded his expectations, Duncan has set a new target, aiming to reach $10,000, and is still accepting donations.

He urged industry leaders to consider donating to his Dementia Australia page: Run for Jenny.

“You can even host your own event like I did or run in one of Dementia Australia’s upcoming marathons,” he said. “There’s plenty of ways to get involved, give back, and support a worthy cause.”

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A special thanks to our contributors

Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.