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.