Josh Frydenberg | Minister for the Environment and Energy
I am delighted to support the STRIKE OUT STROKE campaign which will educate Australians about stroke and will create awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke.
One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and research indicates that 80% of clot strokes are preventable, through living a healthy lifestyle. For this reason the STRIKE OUT STROKE campaign is vitally important as it will educate primary school children about the benefits of exercise from an early age, through a fun softball activity to be run in their schools. The children will then be appointed Stroke Ambassadors and will invite family, friends and neighbours to undertake the informative Stroke Quiz which will be available online. In this way SOS hopes to directly reach over 750,000 people in its first year.
I congratulate Vivienne Harkness and her wonderful team of volunteers at STRIKE OUT STROKE for their invaluable work in creating awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and importantly the need to B.E. F.A.S.T. This is particularly important in Australia where only 36% of people showing the signs and symptoms of stroke arrive in emergency in time to have lifesaving treatment.
The STRIKE OUT STROKE team’s fundraising efforts will support research into prevention and treatment of stroke and provide support services for the over 475,000 Australians living with stroke and their carers