Stroke con­fer­ence looms

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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, stew­art­cen­ 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

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