The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) supports fundraising for stroke recovery by registered local charities.
Starting October 1, 2015, the public can help support British Columbia residents affected by stroke by making a donation at 33 stores throughout BC. Donation boxes for March of Dimes Canada and Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia (SRABC) will be displayed at checkout counters until October 31, 2015.
The campaign coincides with World Stroke Day, on October 29, 2015. This year’s theme chosen by the World Stroke Organization is ‘I am Woman’ and focuses on the higher incidence of stroke in women, which can also have different warning signs.
Stroke is the number one cause of acquired long-term disability in adults in British Columbia. Each year, there are more than 6,500 strokes in BC, from which over 2,000 people die, making stroke the third leading cause of death in the province. 60% of those who die will be women and half of those strokes could be prevented. While the majority of people survive strokes, most remain affected by neurological disabilities over the long-term.
Younger women have different challenges than older stroke survivors, with concerns about returning to work, marital/partner relationships and parenting. Both March of Dimes Canada and SRABC offer resources to help survivors and their caregivers connect to community resources, relevant information and peer support groups that can help.
“We appreciate the support we receive from LDB, its employees and especially its customers. This will allow both organizations to raise significant funds and increase public awareness about stroke recovery and in particular, its impact on women,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada.
“If we can help people live productive lives for years after stroke and prevent further strokes and other health issues, we can save millions of dollars. We are grateful to LDB and its customers for helping us to achieve this goal,” says Tim Readman, Executive Director of SRABC.
Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, SRABC is committed to assisting stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life. For more information please visit www.strokerecoverybc.ca
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the website at http://www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.
March of Dimes Canada and Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia thank the public for its support when shopping at their local LDB store during October.
Ruth Kapelus, Media and Public Relations, March of Dimes Canada
Tel: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7258
STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION OF BC
T. 604-688-3603 ext. 103 F. 604-688-3660 E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. strokerecoverybc.ca