Fundraiser of the Year Award
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 National Stroke Foundation through the Do it 4 Stroke program.
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Working as a physiotherapist at Ballarat Base Hospital, Brendan sees the effect of stroke in his patients every day. He understands the importance and is very passionate about raising awareness around the early signs of stroke to minimise the impact of stroke on impacted individuals. Brendan combined this passion with his other key driver, swimming, in early 2017 to raise money. He swam 20 kilometres from Perth to Rottnest Island in 6.5 hours. In the lead up to the swim he raised $8000 for the Stroke Foundation and raised awareness of the early signs of stroke through newspaper articles, a television interview, and spreading the word through his social networks.
From Story Bridge in Brisbane to Harbour Bridge in Sydney, a distance of over 1,000 kilometres in eight days with only a toothbrush and credit card just sounds like a crazy story. But this was an amazing adventure completed by Sydney resident Dylan Rowland and a mate, Neil Johnson, due to too many families, like his own, dramatically affected by stroke. Dylan did an amazing job capturing his journey and spreading the word about stroke risks, raising more than $3,400 for the Stroke Foundation.
After having a massive stroke in 2015, Gid Meltzer was determined to help others. Last November, Gid committed to an unrelenting exercise regime, from general gym strength training, riding a bike in the gym to swimming 1.5 to 2 kilometres sessions. Gid took part in Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke campaign in November 2017, which was an extraordinary effort as he has no use at all of his left arm and extremely limited use of his left leg. Gid raised more than $11,000 for the Stroke Foundation.
After seeing his young daughter suffer a stroke, Strathmore resident Paul Crole knew he needed to do something. He made it his mission to complete a 20 kilometer swim as part of Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke campaign during the month of November 2017. Paul kept his achievements logged via social media so people could keep up with his progress, to raise awareness about the signs of stroke and that it can happen to anyone. He made sure he reached his target and would even go and complete his swim even after a 12 hour shift at work or night duty. All up, Paul raised more than $6000.