STROKE does not discriminate. That’s the message a Tamworth support group wants to get out during national Stroke Awareness Week.
The Tamworth Stroke Support Group had an information table manned by members in Centrepoint Arcade during the week, handing out literature and selling merchandise and raffle tickets to raise money for research into the condition that last year struck down 1000 Australians every week.
There were more than 420,000 stroke survivors last year and almost 130,000 strokes in people under 65. They’re statistics the group’s publicity officer, Diana Harband, wants to turn around.
“The message we want to get out is that anyone can have a stroke,” she said. “It’s not an age or necessarily lifestyle thing.”
They also want people to be aware of the signs of stroke in themselves or in others.
The Tamworth support group also screened a film and held a morning tea at the Tamworth Community Centre yesterday. The film Aphasia told the true story of a man who suffered a massive stroke and his road to recovery.