Stroke Foundation NZ

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand is the national organisation dedicated to stroke prevention and recovery. Our mission is simple: to prevent stroke, improve outcomes, and save lives.  

Stroke is New Zealand’s second single biggest killer and the leading cause of serious adult disability. Each year, over 9,500 strokes are experienced - that’s one every 55 minutes! And research shows us that over the next decade, the number of people experiencing stroke will rise by 40%.  

By donating a beanie to us, you are helping keep thousands of Kiwis affected by stroke warm this year.  

"We are thrilled that our friends at Wellington City Mission, Caring Families Aotearoa, and Nurturing Families have joined us for this year's Beanie Up campaign. The "Wear One, Share One" option means Kiwis wanting to make a difference can choose to donate a beanie to keep children and people who have no permanent home warm this winter and support critical stroke services, without breaking the bank.  

Last year, we supported nearly 3000 stroke survivors and their whānau through our life after stroke services. On top of that, our team provided over 200 hours per week of community outreach services. That includes providing free blood pressure and pulse checks, as well as advice on how to lower your risk of stroke. Beanie Up allows us to raise awareness of stroke, and raise the funds needed to continue the fight against stroke.” 

Jo Lambert, CEO of Stroke Foundation NZ 

  • Provide telehealth support

    By purchasing a beanie you are helping to pay for an 0800 helpline for stroke survivors and their whānau.

  • Provide stroke education

    You can help train healthcare professionals and community groups to provide expert care, support, and guidance in your region.

  • Improve stroke services

    This includes providing easier access to life-saving stroke information, the F.A.S.T. message and advocating for a fairer health system.

“We know lots of people are doing it tough right now. So we've made an easy, cosy way to spread the warmth this winter and help as many people as possible."

- Jo Lambert, CEO