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Put a spring in your step and Stride4Stroke

EASTERN Shore residents will be making the most of warmer days and lighter nights to support the Stroke Foundation this November by taking part in Stride4Stroke.

Stride4Stroke is a physical activity campaign, encouraging people to get moving to reduce their own stroke risk and to raise funds for important programs for stroke survivors.

Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan said the beauty of Stride4Stroke was you could set your own activity goal and participate any time in November.

“Sign up now to Stride4Stroke and if you’d like some additional motivation, get your friends, loved ones and colleagues involved in a team,” she said.

“Every dollar raised will have an impact.

“The funds go towards vital Stroke Foundation programs like StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and follow up services, which help survivors and their families transition to life after stroke.”

Research shows that one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

It can strike at any age, impacting children, teenagers and adults.

Stroke attacks the brain, is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.

There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year alone, including around 1,500 in Tasmania.

Ms McGowan said sadly, you did not have to look far to know someone with a close connection to stroke.

“Every stroke is unique,” she said.

“It happens in an instant and can change lives not only for the individual, but their loved ones too.

“Recovering from a stroke can be a long and difficult experience full of uncertainty, but with personalised support people can live well after stroke.

“The Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery, but we need your help to deliver our programs to ensure stroke survivors have a better future.

“I encourage you to take part in Stride4Stroke to help us make a difference – who will you stride for?”

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

Stride4Stroke is open to all ages and abilities.