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Fundraiser Buzz before World Premiere

29 August 2021 marked the World Premiere of Ruby’s Choice, a heart-warming and perception shifting film about dementia, starring Jane Seymour. The film was shown for the first time at the Australian film festival, CinefestOZ in the ‘Heart’ Theatre in Margaret River, Western Australia.

Included in the ticket price for Ruby’s Choice was a sumptuous high tea served in the art gallery foyer. In addition, volunteers from Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, the official charity associated with the film, created a buzz of excitement with its raffle as guests arrived.

Prices comprised of sought after artwork generously donations by local acclaimed artists Leon Pericles and Phil Hollett, as well as a signed limited edition photograph from Michael Budd, producer and director of Ruby’s Choice featuring Jane Seymour in a scene from the film.

Leon Pericles, donated a beautiful limited edition etching of Lava Lamps, as well as a copy of his new book ‘Just Scratching the Surface’, about his last 50 years of as an innovative and inspiring artist.

Also abundant hampers from the Margaret River Farmer’s Market, and vouchers from Margaret River tourist attractions were part of the attractive raffle prices.

“A special and heart-felt appreciation goes to all who donated prizes, bought raffle tickets and to the volunteers who assisted on the day as well as to the CinefesOZ  team catering for the delicious High Tea. Also a sincere thank you to the team at the stunning Heart Theatre for their support in making it such a memorable event for all”, said Hilary Lee, President of Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

Funds raised during the raffle go directly towards enriching the lives of people with dementia globally, providing grants for equity of access to the life-changing and innovative Spark of Life Model of Care. The significant benefits for people with dementia, their families and carers are showcased at the end as part of the credits of Ruby’s Choice.

Ruby’s Choice is expected to be coming to cinemas in 2022.

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Announcing Michael Budd, Global Ambassador for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life

On 29th August 2021, live on stage at the Global Premiere of Ruby’s Choice his film about dementia, Michael Budd was officially awarded Global Ambassador for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. The certificate was presented to Michael via Facetime by Hilary Lee, President of the Foundation, in front of an excited audience who had just viewed the film.

Producer and Director Michael Budd and his team from Amazing People Pictures brought this groundbreaking film to fruition despite many challenges, not least filming in Sydney during the full blown pandemic in 2020.  Michael’s boutique film production company was founded in London and is based in Sydney. Michael Budd is a Producer, Director and Actor with a vision to help Australia produce outstanding films that are out-of-the-box, original and innovative.

“As the director of Ruby’s Choice I drew on my personal experiences interacting with people with dementia, including my grandmother. My aim was to carefully portray dementia in a highly accurate and respectful way as a result.” Michael Budd said.

For the fundraiser at the premiere Michael generously donated a picture from the film of Jane Seymour in her role as Ruby, that he had signed.

Michael passionately supports Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, the official charity associated with the film. The Foundation enriches the lives of people with dementia, thus igniting their Spark of Life, in people with dementia, their families and carers globally.

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A Globally Important Film of Our Time

By Hilary Lee, President, Dementia Care International

On 29th August, 2021 the Australian Feature Film Ruby’s Choice had its World Premiere at the CinefestOz film festival in Margaret River, Western Australia.

Ruby’s Choice is groundbreaking and perception shifting produced with a sensitivity and insight to the topic that can only come from personal experience.

The film explores the humanising story of a grandmother dealing with dementia, whose family re-discover the value of her presence in their lives.
Having been involved in the project for 3 ½ years, seeing the finished feature film in the cinema took my breath away. Thanks to the perceptive direction of Michael Budd, a well-crafted screenplay by Paul Mahoney, and experienced cinematography by Steve Arnold, the production is the most authentic and inspiring film about dementia I have ever seen.

As the audience we were feeling the experience of the family and their turmoil of emotions around Ruby’s experience of dementia with their everyday life challenges, navigating theirs with hers.

Ruby’s experience of dementia is exceptionally portrayed by Jane Seymour OBE opening the door for us to learn what it is like to have dementia in such a natural way where we can feel the different emotions and experiences.

The story is thoughtful and wise because it explains why people with dementia may have uncharacteristic behaviour, and role models how we can offer empowering support.
One leaves the cinema enriched from the experience, and aware that people with dementia have life wisdom to contribute to everyone around them who all benefit.

The story is particularly touching as it is told through the eyes of Ruby’s grand-daughter Tash, played by Coco Jack Gillies, a talented young Australian actor. Tash’s teenage voice empowers all of us to remember the emotionally healing power of love and her special relationship with Ruby illustrates the value of intergenerational relationships.

This is a story for all ages as it explores relevant challenges that anyone may experience in our lives and shows how these can be overcome. The script is woven with depth, drama and quirky Australian humour.
To me, this film has taken cinema full circle to the best of how it was in the past with authentic performances by each cast member and beautiful, creative cinematography. One leaves the cinema feeling immensely uplifted, richer and wiser.

Film is a fundamental way of reaching the community to start a conversation about thinking differently about dementia and how to value and treasure people with dementia as human beings. People with dementia are looking to be accepted, supported and included in society.

Many of us have someone with dementia in our family and we want to enable our loved ones to keep living, still enjoying life to the fullest

Ruby’s Choice – when shared with the broader community – will start to shift the perception of what is possible for people with dementia when supporting them to continue to feel  loved, as well as have meaningful roles,  and seeing each person in their uniqueness.

Ruby’s Choice, Executive Produced by Sir Owen Glenn and made with the support of Glenn Family Foundation & Directed and Produced by Michael Budd, Owner of Amazing People Pictures, is expected to be screened in Australian and New Zealand cinemas in​ early 2022.

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Jane Seymour accepts award of Honorary Ambassador for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life

Highly regarded and accomplished actor Jane Seymour OBE has accepted the award of Honorary Ambassador for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life for her authentic portrayal of the character Ruby, a loving person and grandmother with dementia in the inspirational feature film Ruby’s Choice.

Jane is well known for her extensive career in film, theatre and TV and through her performance puts a spotlight on the human perspective of dementia. She draws inspiration from her own mother who was a Dutch prisoner of war and a courageous role model.

Jane is inspired by the global humanitarian work of Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life and shared with Jane Verity and Hilary Lee, Founder and President of the foundation and expressed her appreciation for the honour.

‘Jane Seymour is such a beautiful, wise and authentic Ambassador, with a strong humanitarian spirit, and we are delighted that she has accepted this honour.’
Hilary Lee, President, Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life

 

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WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE:
RUBY’S CHOICE

Dementia Care International and Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life are proud to announce the World Premiere of Ruby’s Choice which will light up cinema screens at the upcoming 2021 CinefestOZ Festival in Margaret River, Western Australia.

Directed by Michael Budd, and written by Paul Mahoney, Ruby’s Choice is a film with a unique and positive perspective about dementia that will touch the hearts of all who see it. The film explores the humanising story of a grandmother dealing with dementia, whose family re-discover the value of her presence in their lives.

Michael has brought together a phenomenal cast and crew led by the incredible Jane Seymour in the title role, alongside Jacqueline McKenzie, Stephen Hunter and Coco Jack Gillies. Jane Seymour’s sensitive and authentic portrayal of Ruby enables us to see that people with dementia are just like us, with the same emotions and feelings.

“As the director of Ruby’s Choice I drew on my personal experiences interacting with people with dementia, including my grandmother. My aim was to carefully portray dementia in a highly accurate and respectful way as a result.” Michael Budd said.

Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life has a natural synergy with Ruby’s Choice, as the Foundation works to transform the experience of dementia from being disempowered and forgotten, to being emotionally connected and loved. The Foundation aims to enrich the lives of people with dementia around the world, thus igniting their spark of life.

Tickets to the film’s premiere at CinefestOZ will also include a delectable high tea canapé soirée before the screening, accompanied by live music at Margaret River HEART. The filmmakers will host an enlightening Q&A after the film where visitors will be able to hear behind-the-scenes stories of how the film was made.

Ruby’s Choice will premiere at Margaret River HEART on Sunday 29 August with tickets available to purchase online now. Click the button below for tickets:
View the Ruby’s Choice Trailer below:

Ruby’s Choice

Acclaimed Philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn of the Glenn Family Foundation, is funding the production of ‘Ruby’s Choice’, an Australian Feature film by Amazing People Pictures starring Jane Seymour OBE. Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life is the official charity associated with the film.

‘On behalf of the Glenn Family Foundation, I have chosen to support the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life with 50% of the profits of Ruby’s Choice.

This innovative film will not only help shift perceptions about dementia, but by supporting the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, it will also enable the provision of much needed practical help. It will enable this Australian based health promotion charity to alleviate emotional suffering and ignite the Spark of Life in people with dementia, their families and carers,’ Sir Owen states.

Ruby’s Choice is a globally important film of our time. It tells the story of Ruby, a woman living alone with early dementia and its impact on her and her family when she is no longer able to live independently. The film shows through Ruby’s granddaughter Tash’s eyes the humanity of dementia – that there is still a person there with memories, emotion and value.

The story of Ruby’s Choice shares the same heart-centred message as Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. Ruby’s Choice is about showing the importance of love and compassion. The film role models how people with dementia can live active and meaningful lives and still have so much to contribute.

Ruby’s Choice, written by the Australian award-winning screen and script writer Paul Mahoney, was inspired from his own previous personal experiences and insight of working in aged and dementia care in Australia.

Over the past 2 years, the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life and Dementia Care International have been supporting Producer and Director Michael Budd  and his team from Amazing People Pictures in the ground work of this film.  This boutique film production company was founded in London and is based in Sydney. Michael Budd is a Director-Actor with a vision to help Australia produce outstanding films that are out-of-the-box, original and innovative.

Highly regarded and accomplished actor Jane Seymour OBE, will portray the character Ruby, a loving person and grandmother. Jane is well known for her extensive career in film, theatre and TV and through her performance will put a spotlight on the human perspective of dementia.. She draws inspiration from her own mother who was a Dutch prisoner of war and a courageous role model.

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A Wedding in the Hills – Spark of Life Bonbonniere

On 2nd November 2019, Nikita Marshall and Dalitso Mwale were married in a beautiful garden wedding in the hills in Perth, Western Australia. They took this opportunity to support the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life with personalised in lieu of bonbonniere cards .

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Malcolm Young Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life Fundraiser Concert – 15th November 2019, Sydney

Since February 2017, rock ‘n’ roll royalty have continued to come together in celebration of the legacy left behind from AC/DC’s elder statesman, Malcolm Young.

For the first time this concert  ventured to Sydney. The event, which has already gone on to raise over $30,000 for the foundation since it’s inception, was hosted at Castle Hill RSL on Friday November 15th 2019.

Featuring Past & Present Members of:

Simon Wright – Ex AC/DC
Ian Hulme – Choirboys
Paul Wheeler – Icehouse
Jeff Consi – Badloves
Nat Allison – Suzi Qattro Band
Spencer Jones – The Voice
Paul Woseen – Screaming Jets
Joel McDonald – Bruce Kulick / Gilbey Clarke
Paul Christie – Mondo Rock
Cynthia Gallie – Let There Be Rock Orchestrated
James Morley – The Angels
Randall Waller – Rose Tattoo
Virginia Lillye
Peter Northcote

 

David Wren- Riding Around the World for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life – Aiming for $20,000

David Wren from Melbourne Australia has done numerous bicycle rides around the world to fundraise for Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

‘I invite you to follow me on my next journey riding through Pakistan in 2019 and donate to the important work of the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.’

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Malcolm Young Tribute Concert Raises Funds for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life 

The rock’n’roll royalty of Australian music banded together on 2nd February 2019 for a second year at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne to raise funds for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. This turbo-charged evening of AC/DC classics was in honour of Malcolm Young, Co-founder of legendary rock band AC/DC.

Listen to organiser of the event, James Morley (Angels, Choirboys and now Whole Lotta Rosie):

Craig Newman and Stuart Frazer, from the John Farnham band, are two legendary performing artists who also played at the concert. They speak here in support of the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life:

A huge thank you from everyone at the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life to all involved – your contributions help to bring the Spark of Life back to people with dementia, and their families.

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(New Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life website coming March 2019)

 

Riding For Dementia – Update September 2018

In August 2016, David Wren, a professional golfer & advocate for Spark of Life, started a 24,000km journey cycling from Ireland across the world to NSW, Australia. Well, it’s now September 2018 & David is back in the saddle, travelling through the Middle East to raise funds for Riding For Dementia.

David writes, ‘I’m back on the bike & tracking down the West Coast of Morocco & left Casablanca 12 days ago. Last 4 days spent crossing the western end of the Atlas mountain range. Hills are always tough!  The last 400kms will be the Sahara Desert highway with only three stops scheduled due to lack of civilization.’

David invites you to donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/2hxmw3w

Kalamunda Rotaract Sausage Sizzle

 

 

Along with the support of Kalamunda Bunnings, members of the Kalamunda Rotaract Club in Perth, Western Australia, organized a sausage sizzle for the local community to raise funds for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. After 6 hours of sizzling, the sausages were a complete sell-out and the group raised a wonderful $454.65 for the foundation.

Our genuine appreciation go to Hayley Frazer-Eaton, President of the Kalamunda Rotaract Club, all the club members, and to Bunnings Kalamunda for their support.

TAFE Student Fundraising Project

Students of Business Administration at North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth, WA, with the generous support of the students of Leadership and Management, have undertaken a fundraising and event project for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. 

As part of their studies they learnt about planning and implementing projects in the real world. Hilary Lee visited the students in February, 2018 to introduce them to the Spark of Life Philosophy and to the significant work of the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

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On Tuesday 19th June 2018, Jane Verity presented a 2-hour seminar that provided an introduction to the Spark of Life Philosophy and the work of the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life. Proudly supported by White Lady Funerals & Le Pine Funerals, the evening was held in the beautiful function room next to the chapel at their brand new premises in Dandenong, Victoria. This inspiring seminar, that shared practical skills everyone can apply straight away with positive results, was warmly welcomed by participants & staff.

For more information visit www.dementiafoundation.org.au

Exciting News from Mumbai, India & Spark of Life Master Practitioner Sailesh Mishra

Since completing the Spark of Life Master Course in May 2017 thanks to a scholarship from the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, Sailesh was applauded by Bollywood Super Star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on India’s biggest TV show, was visited by Ms. Susan Somers – President for INPEA (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) and has undertaken many community projects

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Malcolm Young Tribute Concert 17th February 2018 – Melbourne

A special evening to be held in Melbourne at the Corner Hotel in tribute of one of Australia’s iconic musicians who experienced his own journey with dementia. An inspiration to all and a true Australian rock and roll legend.

All profits to go Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life that makes a difference in the lives of those living with dementia.

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Listen to Hilary Lee chat with WA Ambassador for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, Ros Worthington on the ‘Charity Begins at Home’ podcast. Listen here >>

 

Hilary Lee with Martin Farr, President of the Kalamunda Rotary Club, who presented a generous donation of $600 towards scholarship recipient Isaac Oyinlade.

Isaac is a leader of the Hebron Love and Care Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, a pioneering community organisation that, along with 2 other Spark of Life scholarship recipients Elizabeth Aina-Scott and Olayinka Ajomale, is working towards becoming a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence. Read more about Spark of Life in Nigeria >>

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