Tour De Stroke
Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer, after coronary heart disease, and is its leading cause of disability. It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. In 2014 about 51,000 Australians suffered a new or recurrent stroke. That’s 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes. Behind these numbers are real lives. These numbers are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father or friend. One young man is aiming to raise awareness and funds for stroke victims, and we here at REIZE on his mission.
Josh Goyne was 10 years old when his grandfather, Barry Graham, suffered his first stroke. His fifth, five years later, left him paralysed from the chest down. His grandfather was an inspiration and a role model to Josh, his disability shocked Josh, he wanted to do everything he could to help and support his grandfather.
During that time, Josh realised that there were a lot of misconceptions regarding strokes and stroke victims in society. Josh is an avid cyclist and thought, why not highlight use his own great ability to highlight and raise funds for those with a disability? “I started the “Barry’s Army” ride, in honour of my Grandfather”, Josh said. “Now the ride is formally known as “Tour De Stroke” because I couldn’t register a name with “army” in it as a charity.” Through this charity, Josh has done tremendous work as a stroke ambassador and has raised $30,000 for charity through fundraising cycling rides.
Tragically, in August of last year, Josh’s grandfather died from his sixth stroke. This only propelled Josh to work even harder to help stroke victims. Recently, Josh received the papers for his newly incorporated stroke charity, Stroke Support & Awareness Australia Inc. even though, at 17, he is legally too young to run it. In order to give this charity a proper launch, and raise more funds, he decided to embark on his longest ride yet. And REIZE is one of the proud sponsors of his mission. We here at REIZE celebrate life and adventure. Josh’s mission and ours are cohesive. Josh is bringing happiness and security through his adventures and activities and we couldn’t be happier to be helping him do just that.
Josh is cycling over 2,200 kilometres from Total Tools in Fyshwick, Canberra to his late grandfather’s farm at Peachester on the Sunshine Coast. This will be Josh’s third stroke awareness ride and he has a fundraising goal of $30,000. The funds will go to provide stroke ward’s with vital lifesaving equipment and to help rehabilitate stroke victims in their own home with their own families. “And, most importantly,” Josh remarked, “it will go to raise awareness of stroke and of the vital first signs that are critical to know to save lives.” To further help his cause of raising awareness of stroke, Josh is also aiming to set a world record for “The Longest Distance Ride in Two Weeks by an under 18-year old” for Guinness World Records.
Even though the rides are tough and gruelling, Josh knows they are worth it. “When I undertake these gruelling rides, I always carry a locket of my grandfather’s ashes around my neck as a constant reminder of my purpose in honouring my grandfather and all stroke victims.” He’s already set off on his mission, and we’ll be keeping an eye on him as he cycles those 2,200 kilometres, and has a few gulps of REIZE on the way!
For Donations Text “Josh” to 0437 371 371 or check out https://fundraise.giveeasy.org/campaigns/josh-goyne-tour-de-stroke-awareness/