LETTER: Hundreds join getting fit to combat stroke

This year’s Stride4stroke fundraising campaign was 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 dollars, 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.

Sharon McGowan, 

Stroke Foundation CEO