Sharon Farao

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I’m taking part in Stride4Stroke to help prevent, treat and beat stroke!

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.

In Australia currently, 12% of people say they won’t have exercised this week. One million strokes a year globally are linked to physical inactivity. One of the things we can do to reduce our risk of stroke, or secondary stroke, is to keep active.

So this November I’m taking part in Stride4Stroke to raise vital funds and awareness for Stroke Foundation.

Stroke Foundation is committed to raising community awareness about stroke and stroke prevention, advocating for increased access to specialised stroke treatment and rehabilitation care, and supporting research into innovative treatments for the benefit of all Australians.

Please join me in my fight against stroke today by donating and helping share my story.

Thank you in advance.

My Updates

Aphasia - a communication impairment

Over the years of your life you collate speech sounds and words where you create phrases, sentences and stories, storing hundreds and thousands of information in the library in your brain. A stroke can disrupt this library of information almost like an earthquake and in the aftermath there are files or books that are damaged, missing, on the floor and some remain on the shelves. 
Language itself is multifaceted as we express ourselves through gesture/ body language, facial expressions, speech or writing. We understand words through listening and reading. When any of these areas are disrupted by a stroke it can have mild to severe changes in someone's ability to communicate. It changes communication relationships, upsets social circles and can change someone's identity where they may no longer work, hang out at the pub with friends, order your coffee or talk to someone on the phone or in person about appointments or asking for help. Aphasia can socially isolate people. Fortunately there is an association that helps those with Aphasia to keep connected - Australian Aphasia Association who help keep people with Aphasia keep connected and create communities.  They recently secured funding for Aphasia Camp for 3 years thanks to James Frizelle Charitable Foundation who funded the inaugural Aphasia Camp in Australia on the Gold Coast this year. Attendees were anxious and uncertain of what to expect and at the end they left with confidence and community. It was so wonderful to see how much people had changed. We hope those who suffer from Aphasia can connect and find community in their neighbourhood or online or attend the Aphasia Camp :) Check out the Australian Aphasia Association 
- or visit them on facebook 

Day 3

5.30am & the sun is already up in the sky


If you know me well you would know I go to Zumba! <3
On the Gold Coast I attend "Zumba with Kass". Kass has 3x classes on the Gold Coast and 2x classes in Brisbane. I love Kass' classes as they are fun, sassy, latina/afro influenced routines and feel so good afterwards. I recommend that you check it out. She is on facebook & instagram. For new goers she has a beginners pass where you can try our 3x classes for $25. Great deal. For more information check out -
Get your dance on everyone - Zumba :)

Day 1

My Why

As most of you know I work as a Speech Pathologist and each day I work with people with swallowing and communication disorders caused by a negative health event including strokes, cancer, traumatic brain injury, dementia. neurological conditions - MND, Parkinsons Disease etc.  
Strokes can affect your ability to swallow and communicate which can be socially isolating. I think my role in healthcare is important as swallowing and communication is the essence of human connection so losing it can lose your community. So I walk this coming month of November for past clients, for future healthcare, for me and the community I work in. 
My goal is to complete 1200mins and hope I can raise a dollar for each minute. A dollar above the target is an extension to walk that much further. 

Thanks for your donations so far :)

So far I have helped Stroke Foundation deliver…

Advice and support from a health professional on StrokeLine

Stroke recovery packs to 3 survivors of stroke.

Training to a StrokeSafe volunteer to deliver community talks.

Funding to stroke researchers to find the next game-changer in stroke.

Thank you to my Sponsors



May the force be with you


Craig Aspinall

Huge congratulations on reaching your fundraising target. You are a kickass bitch!!




Imane G

Go Sharon !! Xx


Lanie Byrom

Awesomeness Shazza. You got this!


Kristy Taugaele

Go Sharon! What a great cause. I'm supporting and exercising along with you from Sydney.


Maree Brudell

Well done Sharon!!!


Sharon Farao


Shelley Cormack

Well done Sharon! Hope you have a great time whilst you're raising funds for such a good cause


Jason Abernethy


Adam Uchiyama


Ann L

Yay you got this ??


Kyli Lenihan

Well done beautiful ??


Terri H

Good on you Shaz!! ?


Verry Eleegant

May the horse be with you


Taryn Swift


Sina Rogers

You are amazing Sharon!


Vini Farao

You can do it shaz. Love yah ❤


Kassy Beevor

Amazing cause. Close to my heart x



Love your work Shaz! And you obviously ?


Carrie Lunney

Fantastic work Sharon, good luck achieving your goal.