Africans can Ski -Stroke Campaign

$1,910 of $37,700 goal

Raised by 13 people in 24 months
Would you like to see an African complete a 10k Cross-country ski track (Yes! Africans can ski too :D)?

To raise awareness about stroke and healthy living in local African communities, MacDonald, an African residing in Canada will complete a 10k Cross-country Ski track at the Lake Louise Loppet Race in Canada in the Winter of 2017.

After losing his father to stroke, MacDonald discovered that Stroke is the leading cause of death globally. Every two seconds, someone has a stroke, and unfortunately, many do not receive proper stroke care. Local people in his country of origin Nigeria do not have proper access and information about stroke disease.  

In Nigeria, one person suffers a stroke every 6 seconds - sadly only few recover as many die or are permanently disabled for life!  MacDonald wants to change this by raising awareness about stroke and the importance of doing physical activities even during winter.

MacDonald's Call To Action:

Please make a special donation of whatever you can afford to help meet this goal and bring Stroke education and support to more than 500,000 in Africa.

In 2016, MacDonald started MasterStroke program, a platform that provides people in Africa with information about stroke prevention and helps them find treatment facilities on time so that locals can act FAST, go to the RIGHT hospital, get proper treatment and rehabilitation support.

Now in existence for almost one year, this program has partnered with local doctors and nurses to:

          · Provide free blood pressure and sugar level checks to more than 3,500 Nigerians.

         · Reach 45,530+ people with lifesaving education about stroke prevention and treatment. Provide free counseling to 85% of people diagnosed with hypertension during their campaigns.

You see, even though the MasterStroke program helped over 3,500 people in 2016, there are still many people it couldn’t help, because of a lack of resources to do so. That’s why MacDonald’s goal for this campaign is to raise $37,700 by February 1st, 2017. 

With that amount, the MasterStroke program will be able to provide support for more people next year than this year.  For 2017, MacDonald needs your help to:

      1.     In partnership with a local stroke rehabilitation program, sponsor rehabilitation of 3-5 young mothers who suffered a stroke. His goal is help these young mothers recover from stroke and find a way to get their lives back on track

       2.     To educate an additional 500,000+ people about stroke through a  “Know your blood pressure” online & offline campaign that will empower people to learn about how to monitor and manage their blood pressure so they can prevent hypertension & stroke.

      3.     Provide free blood pressure checks to more than 21,000 Nigerians and ensure 85% of those with hypertension received counseling from Doctors.

      4.     Set up a hotline where people call to get information about stroke prevention & treatment.

      5.     Create technology that shows stroke treatment facilities and support groups in Nigeria. The technology has the potential to save many lives by reducing the time people spend looking for the right hospital. This technology will be made available in web, downloadable formats, and mobile app (phase 2).

To thank you for your contribution, MacDonald will in the winter of 2017, complete the 10K Ski track  at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park in Canada. If he exceeds his fundraising goal, MacDonald will  inrease that target to 20k ski.  All proceeds will go to the MasterStroke Project in Africa.

About the MasterStroke Project
The Masterstroke project is a stroke awareness and support project. The overall purpose is to address the stroke challenge in Africa by:

       ·  Stroke prevention through healthier lifestyle education and awareness raising.

      ·    Helping people affected by stroke to access the right treatment facility and/or rehabilitation support.

The program currently runs across 11 large cities in Nigeria and delivers content/messages in four local languages including English, Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo languages.

In 2016, its core effort focused on using offline and online activities to drive awareness and provide information about stroke prevention and treatment.

To understand the problem MasterStroke is trying to address watch:

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Woohoo! Africans can ski too! :-)

Participated & completed 10km Cross-country ski competition at Lake Louise, Canada (March 5). I was not first, neither was I last: in my category, won bronze and a new ski!!

Thanks to all who supported me and donated to my gofundme page. Marcelo Araújo Gomes, Brittney Larsen, Tera Materi Nyandwi, Melody Wisoley, Alvaro Ipanaque, Amber Northcut, Stan White, Helena Rebane, Saida Vuk.!
During the race
Getting to the finish line
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For those wondering how my Prep for my ski challenge is going, here you go. Ski Class: Day 2. I think it is going well. What do you think? Don't forget to support me, donate!!

Ski Class: Day 2
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My Skiing season finally opened! It was chilly (-20+) but so fresh and beautiful <3. One lesson I have learned is, It's all about getting dressed for the weather! I got to do 3km today. My ability to perform Cross-country Ski (Classic style) has improved. But I am quite bad at breaking. I need more practice.
First practice session at Canmore.
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Just in case you need a little extra motivation to sponsor me- I’d like to share that now in existence for almost one year this program:

• Partnered with local doctors and nurses to provide free blood pressure and sugar level checks to more than 3,500 Nigerians. Through this program, free counseling was offered to 85% of people diagnosed with hypertension during campaigns in local communities.

• Reached 45,530+ people with lifesaving education about stroke prevention and treatment.

• Featured twice in the biggest Newspaper in Nigerian, Daily Trust and took its message about stroke to approximately 500,000 readers nationwide).

• Became a member of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and selected as one of the few Global Stroke Support Organizations to pilot the new WSO global stroke advocacy toolkit which will be rolled out sometime in 2017

• Aired on Deutsche Welle (DW) Hausa language service. The radio broadcast is estimated to have reached about 250,000 Nigerian households. Deutsche Welle or DW is Germany's public international broadcaster. The service is available in 30 languages.

• Featured in a local TV breakfast show that reached about 25, 000 viewers.

• Executed a Facebook campaign with a reach of about 30,530+.

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Raised by 13 people in 24 months
Created February 26, 2016
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Go Mac Go!

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Mac You Rock!! I'm sure your dad is very proud.

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