It might seem funny to think that children would need to know anything about strokes. But it is actually more crucial than you think. That is why the Singapore National Stroke Association (SNSA) and Angels Initiative have rolled out a FAST Heroes 995 programme. This is part of a collective effort to raise stroke awareness this month.
Recognising Stroke Symptoms
The FAST Heroes campaign is an educational initiative, which aims to educate children (between the ages of 5 to 10) and their families to recognise the three main stroke symptoms. That way, they know when to dial the emergency line in such an event.
Many kids are cared for by their grandparents or spend a lot of time with them. This makes stroke awareness among children even more crucial.
During this time of COVID-19, people may be reluctant to go to the hospital to seek treatment… It is so important for families to recognise that when a stroke happens, seeking help immediately is crucial to prevent further disability
Professor Dr Joerg Kreuzer, Regional Medical Director, Boehringer Ingelheim (South East Asia & South Korea)
Besides improving the level of stroke literacy in families, the FAST Heroes 995 programme encourages inter-generational bonding within families through its activities.
In the end, children are encouraged to share what they have learnt with their parents and grandparents.
What Can You Expect?
So parents, sign your kids up for this wholesome and educational programme! To learn about stroke, children embark on an e-adventure with Timmy who battles the evil Clot to save the Grandheroes on the FAST Heroes website. Expect interactive e-books, games and animations along the way.
You don’t have to worry about it being boring! They have made learning about stroke fun, multi-dimensional and memorable.
Moreover, a ‘Save the World with the FAST Heroes!’ online storytelling session will be held on 25 October from 11AM – 12PM. If you are interested in participating, register here!
Images: Envato and Singapore National Stroke Association