700 join 2018 Stride4stroke

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

ON BE­HALF of lo­cal stroke sur­vivors and the Stroke Foun­da­tion, I am thrilled to an­nounce this year’s Stride4stroke fundrais­ing cam­paign has been a huge suc­cess. I want to whole­heart­edly thank the al­most 700 par­tic­i­pants who chal­lenged them­selves to get ac­tive through­out Novem­ber.

I also want to thank the fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues who sup­ported them with dona­tions.

To­gether you raised al­most $175,000, which is a re­mark­able achieve­ment.

Ev­ery dol­lar raised will go to­wards vi­tal Stroke Foun­da­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing StrokeLine (1800 787 653) – a free ad­vice line staffed by health pro­fes­sion­als – and fol­low-up ser­vices which help sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies tran­si­tion to life af­ter stroke.

Many of the peo­ple who took part in Stride4stroke this year were stroke sur­vivors them­selves, car­ers or loved ones whose lives had been touched by stroke.

Sadly, you do not have to look far to find them.

There is one stroke ev­ery nine min­utes in Aus­tralia.

Stroke is one of our big­gest killers and a lead­ing cause of dis­abil­ity.

Its im­pact is felt in ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try. But it does not need to be this way, more than 80 per­cent of strokes can be pre­vented by man­ag­ing blood pres­sure and choles­terol, keep­ing ac­tive, eat­ing a healthy bal­anced diet and steer­ing clear of smok­ing.

A healthy life­style is the key and could save your life.

While Stride4stroke is over for an­other year, you can still sup­port the Stroke Foun­da­tion.

A small do­na­tion will help us to con­tinue our mis­sion to pre­vent stroke, save lives and en­hance re­cov­ery.

For more visit www.stroke­foun­da­tion.org.au. — Sharon McGowan Stroke Foun­da­tion

chief ex­ec­u­tive

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