2020 Stroke Awards winners announced

A brave father who conquered a mountain, a bus and coach enthusiast and a woman who communicates using her eyes were among the winners of the 2020 Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards.

Winners were officially announced online today.

The Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards recognise the incredible stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and health professionals who continually go above and beyond to make a positive difference for people with stroke.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said while the Stroke Awards were not able to be presented in person this year (due to the coronavirus), there was still much to celebrate.

“The calibre and variety of the entries we received for the Stroke Awards this year from all around Australia was outstanding,” Ms McGowan said.

“I am in awe of the nominees, finalists and winners, who have all demonstrated such passion, dedication and selflessness to make life better for stroke survivors and their families and to reduce the burden of stroke on our community.

“I thank each and every individual nominated for an award for their contribution and support, and I congratulate the winners for their remarkable achievements.”

More than 60 Stroke Awards nominations were received in six categories: Creative, Fundraiser of the Year, Courage, Volunteer of the Year, President’s Achievement and Improving Life after Stroke.

Ms McGowan added some of this year’s nominees began raising awareness of stroke within weeks or months of their own experience of stroke and for some this commitment has extended for decades.

“None of these individuals ask for a pat on the back,” Ms McGowan said.

“But I want them to know their actions are appreciated and they are all integral in the Stroke Foundation mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.”

There is one stroke in Australia every nine minutes and more than 475,000 stroke survivors live in the community.

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