Bangalow resident Andrew Ross will work up a sweat for a good cause this November as part of the Stroke Foundation’s annual physical activity campaign Stride4Stroke.
Andrew, who experienced a stroke in 2018 at the age of 44, has set himself a challenge to walk 150 kilometres during November to boost his fitness, raise funds and raise awareness of stroke.
Andrew said stroke is the last thing he thought would happen to him.
I was a busy man, running three businesses when stroke shook up my life and made me re-evaluate my priorities,” Andrew said.
“I experienced mostly cognitive challenges involving my working memory and ability to concentrate . As a result, I sold my businesses and moved to the Northern Rivers in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.”
“Stroke is a serious matter, but I want to have a bit of fun with Stride4Stroke and continue to set and achieve my goals.”
Andrew will be cheered on by his loved ones and his Stride4Stroke team “Brain Fart”, which is comprised of other stroke survivors and supporters.
Stroke is sudden. It is a devastating disease that strikes the brain and can impact people of all ages. However, the good news is 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by managing blood pressure and living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Stroke Foundation New South Wales State Manager Rhian Paton-Kelly said one million strokes each year globally are linked to physical inactivity.
“Our No Postcode Untouched research indicates that in any given week, 12 per cent of Australians are not doing any physical activity. In the Richmond federal electorate, it’s estimated more than 22,000 people are not moving enough,” Ms Paton-Kelly said.
“I thank Andrew for getting involved in Stride4Stroke and leading by example. Boosting your daily moving minutes can make a difference to prevent stroke and other chronic disease.
“I hope Andrew’s story inspires others in the community to sign up and join the fun. It’s not too late.”
Stride4Stroke is open to anyone who would like to get active – at a safe distance and within coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidelines.
Participants are encouraged to set an activity goal to increase their daily ‘moving minutes’. They can choose any activity to complete within the month – from walking, running, swimming, cycling, an online exercise class or a goal in stroke rehabilitation. The options are endless.
Rhian Paton-Kelly added you can sign up for a personal or a group challenge.
“Stride your way, wherever you are. Help reduce your own stroke risk and support those in the stroke community at the same time.”
Every dollar raised through Stride4Stroke will have an enormous impact. It will help Stroke Foundation prevent stroke, fund research and support survivors and their families at all stages of the recovery journey.
Andrew Ross from Bangalow will walk 150 kilometres throughout November as part of the Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke campaign.