To celebrate the launch of the Stroke Foundation’s annual fundraiser Stride4stroke, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium hosted a special penguin party for child stroke survivors and their families.
Isaac Palmer, is one of the brave young stroke survivors who got the opportunity to come face-to-face with the cheeky penguins today. Isaac had his stroke when he was only five years old and his mother Emily said the stroke has had an ongoing impact on his life.
Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said the funds raised through Stride4stroke would have an enormous impact on stroke survivors like Isaac and their families.
“Stroke happens in an instant changing lives forever, and it does not discriminate. Stroke can happen to people of all ages, from newborn babies to the middle aged,” Ms McGowan said.
“It is a common misconception that stroke is a disease of the elderly, however there are hundreds of Australian children like Isaac who are having to cope with the devastation of stroke, either as survivors, or carers for a parent or grandparent.
“Today’s party is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of stroke while offering much needed respite to families doing it tough after stroke.”
Throughout November the Stroke Foundation is calling on Australians to get moving and Stride4stroke. Participants will be asked to pledge a kilometre and fundraising target in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Stroke Foundation.
The Stroke Foundation has teamed up with SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium to offer some amazing prizes for the top Stride4stroke fundraisers, including a money can’t buy opportunity to name a penguin chick and the opportunity to meet the penguin on the ice.
Mouse, a Gentoo penguin living at the Aquarium, has come on board as the first ever animal ambassador for Stride4stroke. Mouse’s keepers will be tracking his kilometres and the public is urged to try and beat the distance he strides and the funds he raises.