THIS started as a pool-based training mission to bring attention to the fact stroke can affect people of any age and there was plenty we could all do for prevention.
Now, Brendan Cutts’ challenging marathon-like effort has taken out top honour for the Stroke Foundation’s fundraiser of the year.
Mr Cutts went “stroke for stroke” taking his training efforts into gruelling open-water Rottnest Channel Swim, almost 20 kilometres of open water from Cottesloe Beach in Perth to Rottnest Island.
His initial goal was to raise $3000. He ended up delivering $8000 for Stroke Foundation investment in research, education, support and awareness.
The Ballarat physiotherapist’s work is predominantly with stroke survivors.
“I wanted to raise awareness so fewer people have to suffer the effects of stroke,” Mr Cutts said.
His efforts also earned Mr Cutts a call-up in this year’s Queen Baton Relay.
Foundation awards celebrate all who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by stroke.