About the Foundation

Anika Weiss - Honorary Children's Ambassador

anikagrandmaAnika Weiss, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is the inspirational Children’s Ambassador for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

Inspired by her beloved great grandmothers, who both have dementia, at just 12 years of age Anika touches everyone she meets with her determination, compassion and ability to see through any external disability, to love the beauty within people with dementia. 

How It all Started

In 2012 Anika’s Grandmother Neeni was going to attend a 3 day course on the Spark of Life Philosophy to learn how to communicate better with Anika’s 2 Great Grandmothers and Anika wanted to know: ‘What is dementia?’ Neeni shared what she knew and this inspired Anika: ‘It came out of nowhere; a little idea that would end up helping the Dementia Foundation. My idea started like this...I was in my bedroom when BANG! It hit me, why don't I do a Walk for Dementia?’

On 17 November same year, Anika, then just 9 years old, initiated her inaugural Walk for Dementia, which raised an impressive $1,476 for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

For this amazing initiative Anika was honoured as the official Children’s Ambassador for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life at a ceremony held in Brisbane on 6th December 2012. After the ceremony, Anika was featured in her local paper highlighting her role as Children’s Ambassador and later being awarded a scholarship from her school in honour of her philanthropic work for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.Anika_walk_4

In March 2013  Anika, Mum Melissa and her Grandmother Neeni flew to Sydney to support a Spark of Life Awareness Day for families, hosted by the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life at the stunning Kirribilli Club. There Anika spoke from her heart, ‘I would love for all the Nannas and Grandads in the world to have a sparkle in their eyes - that is why I support the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.’

As part of this Awareness Day, Anika also fundraised by auctioning 25 giant puzzle pieces, which on completion  revealed a gorgeous picture of her with her beloved Great Grandma.

In December 2013, Anika organised a second Walk for Dementia from Mooloolaba Spit to Cotton Tree on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. In the lead up she was busy rallying support using social media with a special Facebook page for Anika’s Walk ‘In memory of my Great Nanna Kate,' who had passed away earlier that year.

Click here to read about Anika's new fundraising project, Dancing for Dementia.