Inspirational Glenorchy stroke survivor Matt Picone has been recognised for his extraordinary fundraising effort in the 2020 Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards.
The 39 year old father has today been announced as the Fundraiser Of The Year, after he conquered the Point to Pinnacle half marathon just months after a stroke and raised more than $24,000.
Matt said winning this award was an honour.
“My rehabilitation team emphasised the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle after my stroke and that got my mind ticking. The Point to Pinnacle organisers were so accommodating, allowing me to tailor the entry to my abilities. That allowed me to improve my stamina without fearing whether I’d be fit enough to participate,” Matt said.
“I am thrilled I was able to make the most of this opportunity to give back to the Stroke Foundation.”
The Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards recognise the unsung heroes of stoke – the stroke survivors, carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers who continually go above and beyond to make a difference to help people with stroke and their families live well.
Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Matt on being named as the Fundraiser of the Year Award.
“Matt is a remarkable man. His determination to fulfil such a challenging recovery goal and raise such a large amount of money to help fellow stroke survivors is to be commended,” Ms McGowan said.
“I thank Matt and all of the other nominees and winners for their incredible dedication and contribution to the Stroke Foundation’s mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.”
Almost 60 people were nominated for a Stroke Award this year across six categories.