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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
Bowls In Focus 41 A Stroke Of Luck Since suffering from a stroke about 14 years ago, Jenny Cheng has been ensuring that stroke survivors in the City of Boroondara are given the support they need to get out and enjoy life. As the founder and co-ordinator of the Boroondara Stroke Support Group, Jenny has grown the organisation from a small lawn bowls group, meeting once a week on a Monday morning at Kew Heights Bowling Club, to an organisation that provides opportunities for stroke survivors to participate in activities such as bowls, yoga, woodwork, art, music, meditation and other social events. The BSSG assists with motivating stroke survivors to be socially engaging and to lead happy and healthy lives. I recently met Jenny, at a BSSG lawn bowls training day at Kew Heights, where there were 20 participants enjoying a roll up on the greens and was extremely inspired by the work she does and the outlook she has on life. Her goal is ‘not to change the world, but give stroke survivors in the Boroondara area the opportunities they deserve’. She told me: “Every six seconds, someone in the world will have a stroke.” This is an extremely overwhelming number to comprehend, and whilst we should continue to donate money to charities to help find a cure for many chronic illnesses, we also need to consider the health and wellbeing of the survivors and to ensure that they still feel part of the community. With more research becoming available through Beyondblue (a major partner of Bowls Victoria), it is suggested that over 40% of Australians with a mental disorder have a chronic physical illness, and that having a chronic physical illness puts a person at greater risk of developing depression. For people with a chronic physical illness, depression makes recovery and management more difficult. It can make it harder for people to find the energy to eat healthily, exercise or take medication regularly. It’s working with groups such as Boroondara Stroke Support Group that make my role at Bowls Victoria as rewarding as it is. So many people within the bowls fraternity like to get caught up in the mindset of how many memberships and dollars they can make, but to be able to see someone who has essentially had life as they know it taken away from them, to then be given that support to ensure they know they aren’t alone, THAT is what makes it worthwhile. And wonderful Jenny Cheng has changed the lives of many people within her community; we’re lucky to have her out there. I urge bowlers to consider the groups within their community and welcome them into your club. You never know, you might just change someone’s life - maybe even your own ! For further information about Boroondara Stroke Support Group visit www.bssg. org.au or phone 9818 5395. Likewise, for about Beyondblue visit the website at www. beyondblue.org.au or phone 1300 22 4636. Health and Bowls McPherson Scoreboards www.sportscoreboards.com.au Contact: PO Box 409 Endeavour Hills Victoria 3802 Phone: (03) 9700 7438 Large easy to read numbers 165 x 80. If mounted high can always be seen. Large advertising space 850 x 300mm Can be used as an AGGREGATE scoreboard. High setting is 199. $187 BAYSIDEJACKHIGHBOWLS 739 Centre Road Bentleigh East, 3165 PH / FAX 9579 4440 www.baysidejackhighbowls.com.au For your new season • Club Clothing • Accessories • Lawn bowls • Good ser vice and Advice Health & Bowls Jane McMenaman • That’s Jenny in the middle with her BSSG bowlers at Kew Heights.
June July 2011