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Nonna Paola to support Alzheimer’s Australia

Nonna Paola and Robert Dessanti of The Wog with the Grog.

Septuagenarian internet sensation Paola Lachimia, better known as Nonna Paola, will be the special guest at two events on 24 and 25 July to raise much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Australia.

Videos of Nonna Paola taken by her son Greg in early 2015 went viral. They show Nonna Paola grappling with Apple’s Siri technology, loudly asserting her disapproval of tattoos and bemoaning stretched ear piercings. Nonna's strong accent, strong opinions and loving nature have gained her an almost 190,000-strong following on Facebook, as well as media partnerships and invitations to red-carpet events.

Nonna Paola has chosen to lend her support to Alzheimer's Australia as it's a cause that is close to her heart.

“I lost my best friend to dementia around four years ago”, says Nonna Paola. “Some of my best friends now are in nursing homes and have dementia, so I am reminded of dementia, and of my friend, every day.”

Book author Josie Gagliano will also be lending her support to the event.

“I am thrilled to be speaking at this event as Alzheimer's Australia's counselling service helped me greatly when I was caring for my mother and writing my book The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook,” says Josie. “Dementia is now the second biggest cause of death in Australia, and the more I can speak about the topic, the more awareness it can raise. Sometimes there can be a bit of a taboo in the Italian community to talk about dementia, and I am interested in deconstructing that.”

The event will include a four-course meal with matched wines, an auction, a raffle, and goodie bags for each guest to take home. Actor and comedian James Liotta will be emceeing the event and there will be entertainment and Italian music throughout the evening.

Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body and charity for all types of dementia, which provides advocacy, support services, education and information.

Alzheimer's Australia administers leading-edge national dementia programs and services funded by the Commonwealth as well as providing national policy and advocacy for Australians living with dementia.

For more information about Alzheimer's Australia, visit the website.

The major sponsor for the event is The Wog with the Grog.

For all event bookings, please call 1300 104 060.

Come Meet Nonna Paola fundraising dinners
Friday 24 July, Veneto Club, Bulleen VIC
Saturday 25 July, Mandalay Reception, Northcote VIC

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