Swinging for strokes

GRATEFUL: The staff at The Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, left to right: Anna Gillman, SuHui Lim (sitting), Ester Guiu-Hernandez, Lucy Greig (sitting), katharina Winiker, Fiona Bellett, Maggie-Lee Huckabee, Phoebe Macrae (sitting), Karen Ng, Kristin Gozdzikowska, Emma Wallace, Paige Thomas, Emma Burnip. (missing from Photo Kerstin Erfmann, Becca Hammond and Leah Hay). PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

So far about 120 people will be swinging for stroke research at this year’s Rotary Club of Avonhead’s annual golf match in November.

The match will include the usual festivities of a hole-in-one competition for a car and a barbecue afterwards.

Rotary Club of Avonhead president John Byrne-Winty said they will donate this year’s match money to the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research.

“We want to do the best we can for these people,” Mr Byrne-Winty said.

He said it was difficult deciding where the money should go but they wanted to choose an organisation which wouldn’t otherwise get support.

Although the centre is a Canterbury University entity, it largely relies on private donations.

Mr Byrne-Winty hopes to raise around $25,000 and said they will also donate next year’s golf match money to the centre.

The centre’s director, Maggie-Lee Huckabee, was delighted.

“The Rotary Club has supported us in the past and we were able to do a lot of research because of their gift, and so this will help us continue our clinical and research work,” Prof Huckabee said.

She said the money would go towards buying equipment like precision scales for further testing.

She said the centre’s recent research has found a simple test can trigger a certain response to decrease pneumonia rates in stroke patients.

Prof Huckabee said the Rotary Club of Avonhead has been integral to the centre remaining open and active.

•The annual golf match will take place at McLeans Island Golf Club on November 5.