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Newcastle team’s incredible Stride4Stroke fundraising effort


The Stroke Foundation has praised a Newcastle team for its incredible fundraising effort during the recent Stride4Stroke campaign.

“Mandi and Co – on the run” raised $10,284 during November… simply by getting active.

Team member Tracey Laverick reached her Stride4Stroke goal of 800 “moving minutes” by doing Zumba classes, playing tennis and walking.

The New Lambton resident, whose husband Mark experienced a stroke 10 years ago, said it felt good to do something for her own health and meaningful for a charity close to her heart.

“Stroke happens when you least expect it and it can change lives profoundly,” she stated.

“As a carer, I wanted to help raise awareness of the wide impact of stroke and support the amazing work of the Stroke Foundation.

“They help survivors and their loved ones on the recovery journey and invest in prevention campaigns and research that aims to improve outcomes in the future.

“It is vital work.

“It’s estimated about 200 people will have had a stroke for the first time in the Newcastle federal electorate in 2021, while more than 3,200 stroke survivors are living in the community.”

Like Ms Laverick, most of the members of team Mandi and Co – on the run have been touched by stroke in some way.

Stroke Foundation NSW manager Rhian Paton-Kelly thanked the crew for the passion and dedication they demonstrated to help other survivors of stroke and their families.

“They really went for it,” she said.

“We are so grateful for their efforts and for everyone who generously supported them with encouragement and donations.

“I urge other people in Newcastle to follow their lead and sign up to Stride4Stroke next November.

“Every dollar raised helps in our mission to prevent stroke, saves lives and enhances recovery.

“Physical inactivity is a risk factor for stroke.

“Stroke Foundation data shows more than 20,000 people in the Newcastle area are not moving enough.”

It’s been a bumper year for Stride4Stroke with 1,393 participants from all over Australia clocking up more than 1 million moving minutes and raising in excess of $455,000 all up – a record.

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