Amber Lawrence Hits Her Stride for Stroke

Country music superstar Amber Lawrence, who wowed the audience recently at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, will swap her heels for sneakers in November as she Strides for Stroke.

Amber will stride 100 kilometres during the month, in honour of her father, who was an active surf-lifesaver, when at just 40 he was struck down by a stroke.

“I have witnessed first hand the devastation stroke causes families – and wish to help raise awareness that prevention of stroke is possible, to help families avoid the hardship we all went through when my Dad suffered a major stroke,’’ Amber said.

“It had a profound impact on me, our family and our friends and I want to do what I can to prevent others from that pain.”

Amber’s fundraising effort will culminate with a 6.5 kilometre community walk starting and ending at the South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club. Amber’s father was a longtime member and supporter of the club.

On the walk Amber will be joined by fellow celebrities, family, friends, surf club members and local residents. At the conclusion of the walk Amber will conduct a live performance of her song Lifesaver, which is featured on her new album Superhero. Amber said a celebration at South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club was a fitting tribute to her beloved dad.

“My Dad was such a proud member of this community; he was so active within the club and the area before his stroke. I am looking forward to performing at a place that meant so much to my Dad,’’ she said.

“I have chosen to perform my song Lifesaver as it is about my family. Over the years I have written a lot of songs about my family, particularly my dad. This song is the story of my dad - a surf lifesaver, a father, a husband, a larrikin and a stroke survivor.

“Whether your challenge is to take a step in rehab, walk around the block, run 25 kilometres or even 1000 kilometres, the aim is to take part. This event is for people to have fun and get active while raising awareness of stroke.”

To find out more about Amber’s challenge and help her raise awareness visit the Stride for Stroke website.

Amber’s new album Superhero is out now through Social Family Records.

Amber Lawrence’s South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club Stride for Stroke community event will be held on Sunday November 23 at South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club from 11am.

Download the Official Invitation from South Maroubra SLSC here.

Fri 14 Nov 2014