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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.’

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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.

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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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