Beanies raising awareness, funds for stroke victims


Cool heads will be warm this winter thanks to the return of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand’s Beanie Up fundraiser.

Last year, the charity raised more than $50,000 through the initiative, helping support stroke survivors, their families and carers.

Otago community stroke adviser Judith Hyslop sold more than 300 beanies last year to businesses as well as at farmers’ market stalls throughout the region.
‘‘Selling beanies helped us to engage with the community, raising important awareness about stroke and what we do at the Stroke Foundation,’’ she said.

‘‘We help stroke survivors throughout recovery by working towards goals they wish to achieve in the future and assisting with the day-to-day challenges they may face.
‘‘We provide vital information about stroke and recovery and support them and family members who may also be affected.”

‘‘We were incredibly grateful for the amount of support we received last year and look forward to seeing how many more people beanie up with us again,’’ she said.

Stroke Foundation chief executive Mark Vivian said community stroke advisers had supported more than 5500 stroke survivors and their families over the past 12 months, ‘‘which is over 1000 more people than the previous year’’.

‘‘This is a vital service which helps so many at a time when they need it most.
‘‘This campaign will allow us to continue to raise the funds needed to help many more people who have been affected by stroke and raise incredibly important awareness.’’

This year, due to Covid-19 the focus will be on purchasing beanies online and four different styles of beanies, including adult and children’s pompom beanies, were available from the foundation’s website.

All funds raised will support the Stroke Foundation community stroke adviser service.
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