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Former F1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart. Photo: Jason Edwards

Driven to help: motor racing legends named dementia ambassadors

Two motoring legends have been named Dementia Australia Ambassadors.

Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan Moffat will be officially welcomed as ambassadors at Stewart’s 80th birthday fundraising event in support of Race Against Dementia and the Dementia Australia Research Foundation to be held on 13 March.

Stewart founded Race Against Dementia to fund research into the prevention and cure of dementia. He said his motivation to find a cure comes from caring for his wife of 57 years, Helen, who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2014.

“Helen’s condition has had a devastating impact on my family, as it does for millions of families living with dementia around the world,” Stewart said.

“I am now facing one of the biggest challenges of my life and will put all my efforts into finding a cure for this disease.”

Australian touring car legend Allan Moffat, who was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 1999, has a lived experience of dementia.

Moffatt first spoke about his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in September last year.

“By speaking up about my experience with Alzheimer’s disease, I can encourage others to seek support and know that they are not alone if they have concerns about themselves or a loved one,” Moffat said.

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