Locals hit their stride

5 November 2019|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Locals hit their stride|

THE Stroke Foundation is challenging Tasmanians to get moving this November, reducing their risk of stroke and raising funds to support stroke survivors.

Stride4Stroke is easy to be involved with – register, set your own activity goal and fundraising target to complete in the month, and go for it.

No goal is too small.

Tasmania’s Professor Mark Nelson has worked as a general practitioner for more than 25 years and will stride in November to help raise vital funds to support stroke survivors.

The 61-year-old is passionate about prevention of cardiovascular disease, including managing risk factors contributing to heart attack and stroke.

“I applaud the work of the Stroke Foundation, not only in its approach around stroke treatment and recovery, but also prevention,” Professor Nelson said.

“I am proud to take part in Stride4Stroke, to raise awareness of the disease and prevention, but importantly these funds raised will make a positive difference to stroke survivors during their recovery.”

Professor Nelson has set an activity goal of running 100 kilometres in November, including a half marathon, with the aim of raising $300.

Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan thanked Professor Nelson for being a positive role model by striding and encouraged others to join him.

“One in four of us will experience a stroke in our lifetime, there is one stroke in Australia every nine minutes,” she said.

“Stroke is no longer a death sentence for many, but for the stroke survivors and their families living in our community, its impact is often far reaching.

“With your support, we will stand alongside stroke survivors and their families.

“We will support survivors and their families to live well after stroke.”

Every dollar raised through Stride4Stroke will have an enormous impact, going towards vital Stroke Foundation programs like the free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and the EnableMe online support service, which helps survivors and their family transition to life back home after stroke and throughout the recovery journey.

To register for Stride4Stroke, visit www.stride4stroke.org.au.

To help Professor Nelson reach his Stride4Stroke goal, donate at www.stride4stroke.org.au/fundraisers/marknelson/stride-4-stroke.

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