UN­BRI­DLED ABUSE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WRITER Peter Han­cock could not be more right with his let­ter in last week’s head­lined “Lost venues rued”.

My el­derly mother was abused out­side McDon­alds in As­cot by so­called horsey peo­ple and told not to park on the street as he could not turn his trailer around.

The man stormed into the res­tau­rant and de­manded to know whose car it was that was block­ing his trans­port.

When I in­formed him it was le­gal to park there and to not swear at my mother, I got a mouth­ful of abuse.

Isn’t it funny that noth­ing can dis­turb the pre­cious hors­ing com­mu­nity, not even the years of en­joy­ment of chil­dren at the As­cot wa­ter play­ground, which Mr Han­cock rightly pointed out is now derelict land go­ing to waste.

Seems to me that the hors­ing com­mu­nity own As­cot com­pletely and they will not be happy un­til they are the only ones liv­ing there. What a com­plete waste of land. In­ci­den­tally, when I went back to McDon­alds two weeks later there were dou­ble yel­low lines and a No Park­ing Sign in­stalled where my mother had parked. CLARE SUM­MERS, Red­cliffe. shine the spotlight on stroke and raise aware­ness of the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of this in­sid­i­ous dis­ease.

Stroke Week is an op­por­tu­nity for all Aus­tralians to learn how they can re­duce their own risk of suf­fer­ing a stroke. I am sure there are now thou­sands of peo­ple who are bet­ter in­formed to take con­trol of their health.

It is vi­tal we re­mem­ber strokes do not just hap­pen one week of the year. Ev­ery 10 min­utes an Aus­tralian has a stroke. Ev­ery 10 min­utes some­one's life changes for­ever.

Stroke is scar­ily com­mon in Aus­tralia - it is a na­tional health emer­gency. Last year alone Aus­tralians suf­fered 50,000 strokes. What many peo­ple do not know is that most strokes are pre­ventable.

There are things we can all do to help pro­tect our­selves, such as be­ing aware of and man­ag­ing our blood pres­sure, main­tain­ing a healthy diet, stop­ping smok­ing and heavy drink­ing, and ex­er­cis­ing.

Thanks to our in­cred­i­ble sup­port­ers, we were able to spread this mes­sage this Stroke Week, reach­ing a record num­ber of Aus­tralians. Yet our work does not stop here - it is our mis­sion to en­sure ev­ery­one un­der­stands what a stroke is and what ev­ery­one can do to avoid hav­ing one.

It will take the com­bined ef­forts of the com­mu­nity, health pro­fes­sion­als and gov­ern­ment to achieve this mis­sion. I know to­gether we can fight stroke and win. DR ERIN LALOR, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Na­tional Stroke Foun­da­tion, Mel­bourne.

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