Making great strides
ON behalf of the Stroke Foundation, I would like to thank local residents who took the challenge to Stride4stroke in November and those who supported their efforts.
Collectively, we strode all around the world, clocking almost 60,000 kilometres, or more than 1400 marathons.
Our striders hit the streets in droves, walking, running, wheeling, cycling and even rollerblading in a community-wide effort to get moving while raising funds and awareness for the Stroke Foundation.
Stride4stroke participants and their supporters were united by one common purpose – to beat stroke.
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.
It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
One in six of us will have a stroke in our lifetime and its impact can be devastating.
Most of our striders have seen this devastation first-hand, either having experienced a stroke themselves or watching a loved one suffer.
Stroke is far too common, but we aim to change that.
Stroke is largely preventable, it is treatable and I, alongside the hundreds of Australians who took part in Stride4stroke, believe we can beat this disease.
To beat stroke, we need to attack it on all fronts. We need to:
Empower Australians to take positive lifestyle changes to avoid a deadly stroke in the first place;
Ensure all Australian households know the signs of stroke and know they must call 000. Every stroke is a medical emergency;
Research the development of effective treatments to ensure that survivors make their best recovery possible.
Visit stride4stroke.org.au to get involved. Sharon McGowan, Chief executive, Stroke Foundation.