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Bondi lifeguard Andrew Reid at Milk Beach with Olympic swimmer Michael Klim ahead of last year’s Sydney Harbour Splash event. Pihoto: Tim Hunter.

Bondi Rescue star to take a dip for dementia

One of Bondi’s famous lifesavers will dive into Sydney Harbour this weekend for dementia awareness.

Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid, known for saving lives and playing pranks on Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, will host the Sydney Harbour Splash event on Australia Day in honour of his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

“When my mum was diagnosed with dementia, I wanted to do something to make a difference and just felt like the only thing to do was to partner with Dementia Australia and try to raise money and awareness,” Reid said.

Dementia Australia has recognised Reid’s efforts by naming him a Dementia Australia Ambassador.

“I hope one day we find a cure, but in the meantime I’m excited to be involved with Dementia Australia in an official capacity and to be able to raise awareness of this disease,” Reid said.

The peak body’s chief executive, Maree McCabe, said its ambassadors are motivated by the impact dementia has had on their own lives.

“I acknowledge Andrew for his commitment to making a difference to the lives of people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, and their families and carers.

“My thanks to everyone who will swim on Australia Day for their extraordinary contribution.”

The Sydney Harbour Splash will see Sydneysiders take part in a range of distance challenges to raise money for dementia.

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