The Suir Vale Harriers are having a Charity Ride this Sunday 24th at 1pm. The day will begin at the Ragg, Thurles and all Riders are welcome. The ride, over beautiful unspoiled Tipperary countryside with amazing views, is suitable for all grades of rider.
This years event is in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Currently the Irish Heart Foundation are leading the charge to ensure better services and information for stroke patients, as well as improved public understanding of stroke in Ireland. The money raised will be put into these programmes. One in five people will have a stroke in Ireland at some stage in their lives, so the quality of our stroke services will directly or indirectly affect just about everyone living here.
Medical advances have made stroke one of the most preventable and treatable of all diseases, but services in Ireland have not kept pace with these developments. Over a quarter of the 2,000 people who will die from stroke this year, could be saved by service improvements.
The recently published Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Manifesto outlines the foundation’s plans which include a FAST* campaign to raise awareness of the warning signs of stroke; the development of a nationwide network of stroke support groups; comprehensive information provision for stroke patients and their families and the scoping of a national stroke register.
* FAST acronym refers to the main symptoms of stroke – Facial weakness, Arm weakness and speech problems, along with the warning that it’s Time to call 999