Stroke volunteer asks locals to tell of 'stroke champions'
Stroke Foundation Volunteer of the Year, Ms Brenda Booth of Woy Woy, is calling for nominations of Peninsula "stroke champions" in the Foundation's 2019 awards.
"Winning a Stroke Award was a very proud and humbling moment for me because there are so many people right across Australia who are doing a lot of amazing work to raise awareness, who achieve incredible personal goals post-stroke and who improve treatment, care and support for stroke survivors and their families.
"If you know someone who should be recognised for their dedication to stroke, please nominate them.
"It's a wonderful way of letting them know their efforts are appreciated and important," Ms Booth said.
Stroke is one of Australia's biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.
It happens in an instant and its impact can be devastating, she said.
Stroke Foundation chief executive Ms Sharon McGowan said Ms Booth was a wonderful example of someone who has been strongly committed to stemming the tide of stroke for many years at a local, state and national level.
Ms Booth's contribution has included public speaking, advocating with members of parliament and involvement in Stroke Foundation campaigns, committees and activities.
"The Stroke Foundation wants to know about and celebrate people like Brenda, who are often quiet achievers who donate a great deal of their own time to lessen the burden of stroke on the community," Ms McGowan said.
"These individuals are collectively making a difference to the state of stroke in this country," she said.
The 2019 Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards run across six categories: Improving Life After Stroke, the Creative Award, Fundraiser of the Year, Courage Award, Volunteer of the Year and President's Achievement Award.
Nominations open on February 15.
Media release, 4 Feb 2019
Emily Granland, The Stroke Foundation