Stroke conference looms
Stroke is no respecter of anybody.
Chrystal Robinson was 38 when she had her stroke. With seven children, she faces real everyday challenges. Anil Kumar was a fit 32-year-old representative soccer player when he had his first stroke.
‘‘It can happen to anybody, anytime. It’s not necessarily something that just happens to older people,’’ says the Stewart Centre’s Janet Webb. ‘‘Here we support people who have families and enjoyed successful lives. They have a stroke and their lives are changed.’’
The Stewart Centre on West St, provides a community setting that provides individualised rehabilitation for people affected by various brain injuries.
Despite the challenges their new lives present, Anil and Chrystal, with Stewart Centre rehab colleagues Charlie Delacey-Parkes and Angel Wilson are presenters at the biennial aphasia conference being held in Auckland in November. Aphasia affects a person’s ability to coordinate thought and understanding with speech or writing. It can be caused by a stroke or head trauma, but it makes communication a challenge.
‘‘People need to talk to me slowly,’’ Charlie says, ‘‘so I can keep up. Processing what people say is a logjam.’’
The conference is a challenge that the four Stewart Centre presenters are determined to meet. To help them get to Auckland, the centre is organising an auction of art and donated goods at the Awapuni Racecourse Silks Lounge on September 18, complete with a $60 per person catered buffet meal, dessert, coffee and live entertainment.
Among the artworks are pieces by well-known local painters Vonnie Sterritt and Eric Brew, weaving and furniture items, as well donated goods and services from a range of city businesses. There’s a $600 Getaway for Two from Hotel Coachman, and a couple of signed rugby balls, – which include the autograph of one of the game’s greats, Christian Cullen. There’s also a signed Turbos jersey, and to be worth a bit more it would be nice if the boys could string together a couple of wins.
The Centre wants to raise $6,500 to cover conference registration, food and accommodation, and support for its four delegates. Janet extends an invitation to make a real night out of it. Tickets for the dinner auction are available from the Stewart Centre 354 6728, stewartcentre.org.nz and on the centre’s Facebook page.
Palmerston North’s Stewart Centre is holding a swish fundraising art auction to send four delegates (from left) Charlie Delacey-Parkes, Anil Kumar, Angel Wilson and Chrystal Robinson to a conference in Auckland