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Fundraiser of the Year Award Finalists 2019

This award aims to recognise a fundraiser who has gone above and beyond to help raise awareness and funds for stroke in Australia. It is open to individuals who have fundraised for the Stroke Foundation.

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2019 Fundraiser of the Year Finalists

Jo Cordell-Cooper - TAS

Jo Cordell Cooper

Jo is a holistic personal trainer by profession and a mother of three. Jo Cordell-Cooper started the Tasmanian Iconic Walks in 2018 and raised $28,000. The Tasmanian Iconic Walk involves 25 groups of four trekking 17 kilometers through breathtaking scenery in the Tasman National Park, home of the majestic Three Capes Track.

What prompted you to get involved in fundraising at the Stroke Foundation?
My father had two strokes, the first one he rehabilitated from fairly well, but the second stroke was devastating. Following the second stroke my father continued to live with very poor health for another four years.  He passed away 13 years ago.  Personally I have raised money for a whole range of worthy causes over the years as a participant of various events.  I thought I would like to organise an annual event with a strong preventative message and that Stroke Foundation would be the recipient of the money raised.  

Helen Woodhouse - NSW 

Helen Woodhouse

In May 2017, real estate agent Helen was out for her regular when a shocking headache escalated into a stroke. In 2018 Helen marked an important milestone in her stroke recovery signing herself up for the Gold Coast Marathon. Helen rallied a team of 4 together to raise more than $9,000. 

What prompted you to get involved in fundraising at the Stroke Foundation?  
My initial goal was to raise awareness of stroke in young people rather than raise money, the money I raised was a real surprise and a bonus! 

What do you get personally out of fundraising for the Stroke Foundation? 
An enormous sense of pride, and overwhelming feeling of love and kindness from friends, family and even strangers. The fundraising actually helped me a lot in my journey to recovery. I suffered quite badly from depression after my stroke so being able to finally train for my half marathon and raise money along the way was quite a fun experience. 

Ernesto Diaz - VIC

Ernesto Diaz

Ernesto’s passion and hobbies are Salsa/Bachata dancing, which he fell into it with two left feet after suffering a stroke when he was 24 years old and used dancing as a form of rehabilitation. Keen to give back to those who helped him and other stroke survivors, Ernesto held a salsa dancing fundraiser raising more than $7000 for the Stroke Foundation and Royal Melbourne Hospital.

What prompted you to get involved in fundraising at the Stroke Foundation? 
What prompted me to be involved with the Stroke Foundation is that I recognised what great efforts they were doing in spreading the stroke awareness campaign to not only Victoria, but to the whole of Australia! 

What do you get personally out of fundraising for the Stroke Foundation? 
What I get personally from fundraising for the Stroke Foundation is total fulfillment that I can have a big impact towards something of importance to me and have that money raised go further in the fight for stroke awareness campaigns, local/national support groups for stroke victims and families.

Lachlan and Team smashed Avo - VIC 

Lachlan Stephenson

Team Smashed Avo, led by Lachlan Stephenson completed the intercontinental European car rally. The Mongol Rally is a crazy endurance challenge intercontinental car rally that begins in Europe and ends in Russia. The team raised $5,900 for Stroke Foundation and increased awareness of stroke in young people nationally and internationally through the rally.

What prompted you to get involved in fundraising at the Stroke Foundation?
In 2016 Lachlan’s eldest brother Setten had a stroke. Prior to this we were only vaguely aware of strokes and it didn't cross our minds that it could even happen to someone in their 40's.

What do you get personally out of fundraising for the Stroke Foundation?
We got to have an amazing adventure while meeting and hearing people's stroke related personal stories from around the world. We were able to raise awareness and funds for an organisation that is making real changes for people with stroke, in particular the message of identifying stroke.

Hannah Crole - VIC

Hannah Crole

Hannah is a stroke survivor herself. Hannah has made a significant recovery and also difference in spreading the word about stroke. Hannah joined Stride4stroke and with the support of friends and families has raised more than $9000.

What prompted you to get involved in fundraising at the Stroke Foundation?
What prompted me to get involved was the fact that I suffered a stroke when I was 22 years old in 2017. I felt that in 2018 I was physically and emotionally ready to contribute to the Stroke Foundation and the wonderful work they do in creating awareness and raising funds for a cause very close to my heart.

What do you get personally out of fundraising for the Stroke Foundation?

I get a massive sense of satisfaction knowing that the money raised is going towards further research, to assist in other people’s recovery. It also makes me so happy that we are spreading the word about stroke and the fact it can happen to anyone, at any age. Participating in something like this also shows me from the amount of support I have received just how important and special this cause is, and just how ready people are to donate and contribute to bettering people's situations when they’re faced with something like a stroke unexpectedly.