News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Media Release For The Voyage Of Hope

MEDIA RELEASE FOR THE VOYAGE OF HOPE

Two years ago at the age of 37, veteran sailor Les Bissell suffered a major stroke that left him temporarily paralysed, unable to read, write or talk, and very nearly killed him.

Since then, he has not only made an almost complete recovery, but organized a round-the-world sailing voyage to raise stroke awareness and help those stroke survivors whose experiences have been even more difficult than his own.

Les and his current crew member Page will arrive at Opua Marina this weekend. They will be in New Zealand till February sitting out the cyclone season before continuing on the around the world voyage. Les will travel around NZ to see the sights and to raise stroke awareness at every opportunity he gets.

The Stroke Foundation of NZ is looking forward to working with Les and using this opportunity to spread the stroke awareness message to the public of NZ, and encourage stroke survivors that there is a Life After Stroke.

There are currently about 8000 new strokes in NZ every year, 25% of these are people younger than 65. Anyone, anywhere at anytime can have a stroke.

Les has a very informative website http://www.voyageofhope.org this includes a 'live' map so you can check how close he is to arriving in Opua and our website is http://www.stroke.org.nz

Please contact me if you would like any further information either about the Voyage of Hope or our work here at the Stroke Foundation.

When: this weekend weather dependant

Where: Opua Marina in the Bay of Islands

Visit our website:www.stroke.org.nz

*Reducing the risks - Improving the outcomes*

Check out http://www.voyageofhope.org/ and follow Les and Hope on their voyage to us here in New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland