Strike Out Stroke has got off to a flying start since its launch in October 2018 and Parke Lawyers continues its support of this new initiative providing free governance and legal advice.

Strike Out Stroke or SOS is the brainchild of 78 years young, three-time cancer survivor and Boroondara Citizen of the Year 2018, Vivienne Harkness. Strike Out Stroke aims to increase awareness and reduce the incidence of strokes.

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and research shows that 80% of these are preventable.

Furthermore, 64% of Australians showing the signs and symptoms of stroke fail to arrive at a suitable medical facility in time to receive urgent life-saving, disability reducing treatment. This compares with 41% in the US and 38% in the UK who don’t get fast enough treatment.

These alarming statistics show that action is needed.  SOS is being run in primary schools throughout Australia, managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers, including Executive Counsel at Parke Lawyers Brendan Reilly who is on the management committee made up solely of volunteers with no salaries paid.

In partnership with Softball Australia, SOS has developed a fun game of softball, which will promote to children, awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke. This will encourage them, and all Australians, to lead a healthy lifestyle, thus helping reduce the incidence of stroke.

Another important part of SOS is the introduction of a new international acronym – BEFAST – Balance Eyes Face Arms Speech Time – Phone 000

After children participate in the softball activity they will be appointed