The National Stroke Foundation is asking people across Australia to stride out this month to help fight stroke.
The Foundation’s CEO, Dr Erin Lalor says the initiative brings the community together to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation to continue in its mission to stop stroke, save lives and end suffering.
“Stroke touches all of our lives in some way whether it is personally, through a family member, friend or colleague,’’ says Dr Lalor. By taking part…you will be helping raise stroke awareness, funds for a great cause and also lowering your own stroke risk by staying healthy and exercising.
According to Dr Lalor, participation can take many forms.
She says it could be just a few steps, a short ride, or doing more, but all participants are welcomed.
Dr Lalor also says the devastating impact of stroke can be halted.
“1-in-6 Australians experience a stroke in their lifetime and there are more than 440,000 stroke survivors in our community. [It is] one of this country’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, but it doesn’t have to be this way,’’ she says.
She stresses many strokes are preventable, and the outcomes for survivors can be improved with enhanced treatment, care and and support.
Participants are encouraged to pledge a kilometre target for the month; and kilometres will be collated into a virtual relay around Australia. This fun event is achievable for any fitness level. Once signed up, participants will receive their own fundraising page which can be personalised, track progress via an app and encourage support for the challenge. Participants will also receive an event kit in the post which includes a free pedometer, Stroke Solidarity String, posters and a social media kit.