Tony up for award win

INSPIRATIONAL Padstow stroke survivor Tony Finneran (pictured) has been named as a finalist for the Stroke Foundation President’s Achievement Award.

Nominated over efforts

The Award acknowledges exceptional individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Stroke Foundation.
Tony’s contribution is extensive. He has worked tirelessly to help raise awareness of the disease in the community, provide support to others and use his personal experience to help drive positive change.
The 61-year-old has raised around $33,000 for the Stroke Foundation by writing a series of books, he is a member of the Stroke Foundation Consumer Council and volunteers to help raise stroke awareness in the community.
He is also heavily involved in a number of stroke-related clubs, committees and working groups.
Tony said he was honoured to be named as a finalist.
“As a stroke survivor I know how challenging recovery can be. I learnt to walk and talk again and I am now passionate about helping others,” he said.
“I hope my actions, through my volunteer roles, can inspire people to reduce their own stroke risk. If I can save one person from having a stroke I would be extremely satisfied.”
Stroke Foundation CEO Sharon McGowan congratulated him on being named as a finalist.
“Tony has built and continues to build solid relationships with other stroke survivors, carers, clinicians and senior executives. He helps us continue our life-saving work, raising awareness about the treatment and prevention of stroke,” Ms McGowan said.
“More than 424 strokes will occur in the Banks electorate in 2019, while more than 3,393 stroke survivors are living in the community. Together with the support of outstanding people such as Tony we can work towards reducing the burden of stroke in Australia.”