2012 Quota Cares Month Winners

Quota International of Forster-Tuncurry

Honorable Mention

“Quota Cares” is a motto that QI of Forster-Tuncurry takes to heart. The club members are particularly concerned with strokes, the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in Australia. QI of Forster-Tuncurry decided to use Quota Cares Month as an opportunity to educate the local community about the symptoms of stroke and available treatments.

The club sponsored a public awareness address by Professor Chris Levi of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, which has developed a new protocol that vastly improves stroke treatment. Publicity for the event was widespread in the medical community, local organizations, and print and broadcast media.

Over 200 people attended the lecture to learn how to recognize a stroke as a medical emergency requiring fast action. They also learned about the life-saving treatments available, both immediately and even after a few hours if properly administered. Members of the local Stroke Recovery Group, who jokingly emphasized that they were a club actively hoping not to get new members, attended to give information on local services and answer questions about recovery.

Adding to their year-long fundraising, the club sold raffle tickets for a donated holiday both before and during the event, and a lucky winner was drawn during the afternoon. The raffle netted $2,700, which was then donated to the district-wide Quota project for stroke research.

The club’s publicity flyers reminded of the importance of quick care for strokes by stating, “Lost Time Is Lost Brain.” QI of Forster-Tuncurry used their time well, during Quota Cares Month, to save the brains of future stroke victims.

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