Charity hikers cash in

MORE than $40,000 was raised last month by 75 hikers who walked from Tasman Arch to Fortescue Bay.

The Tasmanian Iconic Walks Hike raised much needed funds for the Stroke Foundation.

It was the fourth time the event has been held. Stroke Foundation Tasmanian State Manager Eamonn O’Toole said such an event took a lot of time and dedication to plan and run, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Tasmanian Iconic Walks team of volunteers, led by JoCordell-Cooper, has demonstrated once again what can be achieved with determination and a passion to connect people to each other, their environment and the wider goal of supporting people impacted by stroke,’’ Mr O’Toole said.

Organiser Jo Cordell-Cooper said there was an extremely positive atmosphere on the day.

“The hike itself is challenging and it was wonderful to see members of each team supporting each other throughout the journey,” Ms Cordell-Cooper said.
“Many of the participants had been impacted by stroke in one way or another, so the cause resonated strongly.
“This walk provides the opportunity for people to raise funds for vital programs that help the stroke community throughout recovery.

It also enables hikers to reduce their own stroke risk by being physically active.

“Like many of the participants of this walk, I know first-hand that stroke can have a profound impact, not just on an individual, but their family too.”

There are more than 11,000 survivors of stroke living in Tasmania.

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