Tasmanian hike breaks fundraising record

Hikers have come together to raise a record breaking $66,000 for Stroke Foundation by trekking from the Tasman Arch to the stunning Fortesque Bay.

Held on Saturday, 7 November, a total of 100 people took on the 17-kilometre, seven-hour hike with Tasmanian Iconic Walks.

This was the third time Tasmanian Iconic Walks had supported the Stroke Foundation. It was a year like no other, with coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic safety plans in place.

Stroke Foundation Tasmanian State Manager Eamonn O’Toole said this was an incredible effort, especially in the midst of the pandemic.

“We have seen this wonderful event, run by Jo Cordell Cooper and her team, go from strength to strength each year,” Mr O’Toole said.

“In a year when the community has faced many challenges, it was amazing to see this group take on this picturesque and difficult walk in a COVID-19 safe way, while also raising funds.

“The success of this year’s sell-out walk is a testament to the organisers, participants and the generosity of the community.”

Mr O’Toole said funds raised would be utilised for vital Stroke Foundation programs which support survivors of stroke and their families to live well and avoid recurrent stroke.

Organiser Jo Cordell Cooper said she was thrilled to be able to continue to support the work of Stroke Foundation.

“Like so many of the people who took part in the hike, stroke is a disease that has had a profound impact on my life,” Ms Cordell-Cooper said.

“My father Ron suffered two strokes and lived with very poor health for four years before sadly passing away. I am passionate about raising awareness of stroke through this event and helping the Stroke Foundation on its mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.”

Stroke strikes the brain and can change lives in an instant. There are more than 11,000 survivors of stroke living in Tasmania.

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