FRIENDS of India Network are spreading goodwill from Diwali celebrations to support people affected by stroke in Ballarat.
The Network is channelling funds raised from a dinner-dance on Saturday into Ballarat Health Services for improved stroke patient care programs.
Friends of India president Sanjay Sharma said the Network was focusing on stroke awareness to draw attention to the wide-reaching effects on the community.
Stroke is the leading cause for disability in Australia and one of the leading causes for death. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. More than 80 per cent of stroke cases can be prevented, according to Stroke Foundation which has been highlighting a worrying trend of strokes affecting younger, working-age Australians.
The Network will add to its Diwali fundraising with the annual Twenty20 cricket match – Ballarat Indians versus Rest of Ballarat – on February 2. There will also be a double-wicket tournament to encourage family pairs to get involved before a gala dinner and dance.
Mr Sharma is inviting all people across Ballarat to get involved. The Network’s efforts raised $9000 in the past year to support people affected by family violence in the community.
More than 250 people celebrated Diwali with the Network. The 5000-year-old story of Diwali, India’s festival of lights, and homecoming of King Rama, was told in a colourful 15-minute musical on the night.
Recognising signs of stroke with the FAST test
Face: check the face. Has the mouth drooped?
Arms: can they lift their arms
Speech: is speech slurred?
Time: time is critical. Call triple-zero if recognising any of the signs
Stroke Foundation’s top prevention tips
- stay active as too much body fat can contribute to high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- eat well, drop the salt and steer clear of sugary drinks
- drink alcohol in moderation
- quit smoking as smokers double their risk of stroke
- make to see your doctor for a health check.
- READ MORE: Ballarat physiotherapist’s stroke of success
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