2021 Stroke Awards winners announced

A daring fundraising campaign, a woman who found peace and purpose in art and a carer determined to improve stroke treatment and rehabilitation for all were today named among the winners of the 2021 Stroke Foundation national Stroke Awards.

The awards, which recognise the inspirational Australians who make a positive difference for survivors of stroke and their families, were announced in an online celebration.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated the winners for their outstanding efforts.

“The thing I love about the Stroke Awards is the light they shine on the selfless endeavours of people who make life better for survivors of stroke and reduce the burden of the disease on our community,” Ms McGowan said.

“These people include survivors themselves, carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers.

“The passion, care and dedication of every person nominated for these awards, is remarkable.”

Almost 70 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 many of this year’s nominees demonstrated true innovation when faced with the additional challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, adapting their approaches to rehabilitation, advocacy and fundraising accordingly.

“I applaud their creative thinking and ‘can do’ spirit and thank them for their contribution to our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.

There is one stroke in Australia every 19 minutes and more than 445,000 survivors of stroke live in the community.

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