Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tim continues awareness of stroke

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Last week Tim completed a 21.1kilometre run around Silverwood­s after the recent COVID-19 lockdown led to the postponeme­nt of Run Melbourne, in which he was set to run as part of TeamStroke.

Tim, who is also the event director of the Cobram Parkrun, said he did not want to let the lockdown stop him.

“The Run Melbourne 2021 event was cancelled for the second year due to COVID-19, but that was no reason to stop my campaign for the FAST signs of stroke, so I did my own virtual half marathon again this year,” he said.

In 2020 Tim also completed two challenges running the four major common race distances (5km, 10km, Half and full marathons) over four weekends and then he was joined by Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club President Jared Loughnan when they both paddled 404km on the Murray River in November and December in support of another cancelled event the Massive Murray Paddle (also previously known as the Murray Marathon).

On Sunday, July 25 Tim ran the half marathon distance around Silverwood­s in 1 hour 44 minutes, which involved four laps of his own FAST4 course (a 4km circuit from the Black Bull Golf Course car park up Silverwood­s Blvd and back) plus a 5km course including the Robinson Way loop.

“I set myself a challenge to raise $4,000 for the Stroke Foundation to support their research program and support services for survivors of stroke and their families,” Tim said.

“I am pleased to say my virtual run has kept me on track, but there is still more to do.”

Tim has already raised more than $1,500 for Stroke Foundation after creating his own event the FAST4 challenge last year and holding a sausage sizzle.

To mark National Stroke Week this week, Tim urged the local community to learn and share the most common signs of stroke, known as the F.A.S.T. message to know what to do if stroke strikes.

If you suspect a stroke, ask these questions: Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Arms – Can they lift both arms?

Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away

Stroke Foundation Victoria State Manager Eamonn O’Toole applauded Tim’s dedication to spreading stroke awareness and reaching his fundraisin­g goal.

“People like Tim, make a difference. The more people who know how to recognise the

Tim Roadley has continued to challenge himself physically to raise awareness of stroke and support the Stroke Foundation.

F.A.S.T. signs of stroke the better. It can help save lives,” Mr O’Toole said.

“Stroke strikes the brain, but the faster it is treated the greater the patient’s chance of survival and avoiding stroke-related brain damage.”

In the local Nicholls Federal electorate, 202 people had a stroke for the first time in 2020 and there are more than 3400 stroke survivors living in the community.

Donations to Tim’s fundraisin­g effort can be made at;https://www.fundraise4­stroke.org. au/fundraiser­s/timothyroa­dley

National Stroke Week is the Stroke Foundation’s annual stroke awareness campaign. The theme in 2021, is United by Stroke.

Be United by Stroke by teaching your loved ones the F.A.S.T. message. More on National Stroke Week www.strokefoun­dation.org.au.

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To mark National Stroke Week this week, Tim Roadley has vowed to continue challengin­g himself to help raise awareness of stroke and support the Stroke Foundation.

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