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Unite to stop stroke

Monday, 12th August, 2013

Local community groups and individuals are being asked to get involved and unite to stop stroke this National Stroke Week.

National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor is calling on locals to join in the fight against stroke this Stroke Week by hosting fun community activities, information sessions or displays and fund raising events.

“This National Stroke Week we are encouraging communities and workplaces to unite with us to help raise awareness of stroke and encourage all Australians to take action to reduce their risk of stroke,” Dr Lalor said.

“Stroke touches all of our lives in some way, whether it is personally, through a family member, a friend or colleague. Yet, only around half of Australians know the signs of stroke and one in 10 couldnít spot a stroke if it happened right in front of them.

“One in six Australians will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is Australiaís second biggest killer and of those who survive stroke 65 per cent are left with a disability that impleads their ability to carry out daily living activities.

“Unite with us this National Stroke Week and help stop stroke, save lives and end suffering for good - united we can make a difference.”

More than 4000 Unite to Stop Stroke activities are expected to be held across the country during National Stroke Week ranging from morning teas, to fun runs, health checks, workplace displays and community information sessions.

To get involved with National Stroke Week, host a ‘Unite to Stop Stroke’ event in your community or work place visit www.strokefoundation.com.au or phone: 1300 194 196.

Free activity packs and information will be provided to assist with your event; including posters fundraising ideas and information about stroke prevention.

National Stroke Week runs from September 9 to 15. 

Stroke Week is an annual event that aims to raise the awareness of stroke within the community and encourage all Australians to take action to prevent stroke.

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