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Acton Park resident recognised as Stroke Awards finalist

ACTON Park’s Mike Whittle was selected as a Stroke Foundation 2020 Stroke Awards finalist in the Volunteer of the Year Award category.

After experiencing two strokes in just a week in 2014, Mr Whittle lost the ability to read and had a range of impacts, including impaired short-term memory.

Following months of rehabilitation, he regained the ability to read and his other conditions improved significantly, and he continues to feel indebted to the team who played an integral role in his recovery.

In 2018, Mr Whittle joined the Stroke Foundation’s Stroke Safe Speaker Program 2019 to raise awareness of strokes.

In 2019, he delivered more than 20 presentations in the greater Hobart region.

“Volunteering as a Stroke Safe Ambassador enables me to contribute to stroke awareness in the community and in workplaces,” Mr Whittle said.

Mr Whittle also coordinates the Hobart Stroke Support Group which is made up of stroke survivors and their family and friends.

He has also been involved in Stroke Foundation media opportunities, letter box drops and participated in the 2019 Tasmanian Stroke Forum.

“My major motivation as a Stroke Safe Ambassador is my belief that by raising stroke awareness, I have a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of others,” Mr Whittle said.

Stroke Foundation Tasmania state manager Eamonn O’Toole applauded Mike for his incredible efforts.

“Individuals like Mike are extremely generous with their time and go above and beyond to improve the state of stroke in Australia,” he said.

“Each Stroke Awards finalist has a unique story to share – whether that is overcoming adversity, inventing creative ways to raise vital funds or awareness of stroke or advocating for improvement in stroke services at a state or national level.

“The awards are our way of saying thank you.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award was sponsored by NAB Education & Community Business and was one of six categories in the 2020 Stroke Awards.

The awards recognise the individuals in the community who strive to make the future brighter for people impacted by stroke.

These include the stroke survivors, carers, volunteers, fundraisers, health professionals and researchers who are relentless in their mission to enhance recovery and make a real difference.

Mr Whittle was one of five Volunteer of the Year Award finalists.

More than 60 people were nominated for the awards this year across six categories – Improving Life after Stroke, Creative, Courage, Fundraiser of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and President’s Achievement.

Caption: Acton Park’s Mike Acton Park’s Mike Whittle was selected as a Stroke Foundation 2020 Stroke Awards finalist in the Volunteer of the Year Award category. Whittle was selected as a Stroke Foundation 2020 Stroke Awards finalist in the Volunteer of the Year Award category.

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