Tony Finneran interview

What does it mean to you to be named a finalist in the Stroke Awards?

It's certainly an honour to represent the values and principles of the Stroke Foundation with this nomination as a finalist. It's nice to be in such good company with other highly respected finalists and I wish everyone the best.

Why is raising awareness about stroke important to you?

Raising stroke awareness is so important, so that my actions can hopefully inspire others to reduce their risk of stroke and save the ordeal of what I have had to do to get back on track with a positive mindset and determination.

How do you think your contribution has made a difference?

I created an opportunity to get on ABC Radio nightlife to Australia's largest night time radio audience; I initiated the F.A.S.T. advertising bus with Transdev in Sydney; I am secretary of the Bankstown Stroke Recovery Group; I have a monthly time slot on 90.1FM Community Radio where I discuss the last Stroke Recovery group meeting and, I'm on call with the Bankstown Hospital Stroke Ward when they need a volunteer to help out other survivors. This contribution has increased awareness of stroke in the wider Sydney community. If I can save one person from having a stroke then I would be extremely satisfied.

What is one thing you would like people to know about stroke? 

Go and get yourself checked for the risk awareness. Stroke is a silent non-discriminatory killer that can be avoided.

Who is your favourite creative person?

Will Dyson - "The Mate", WW1 pencil drawing of a soldier making a crucifix for his lost mate. It says it all without saying anything. It is a personal favourite. As an Army Reservist for over 37 years, one value holds true through the generations of Australian Service personnel and that is "you can't let your mate down".