Felicity Kidd is a volunteer for the annual Big Heart Appeal

Help fight heart disease

by Mike Isle

With one in five Kiwis dying from heart disease, the Heart Foundation needs more people to join with it by volunteering as street collectors for its Big Heart Appeal 2019 on February 22 and 23.

Every year more than 6,500 New Zealanders die of heart disease. While the time commitment involved as a volunteer for a few hours on one day is small, the reward is huge and will play a vital role in the fight against New Zealand’s single biggest killer, heart disease.

The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s leading independent funder of heart research and funds raised during the annual appeal are used to support heart-related research and specialist training for cardiologists. Since 1968, it has funded more than $70 million in research and specialist training for cardiologists.

Additionally, the Heart Foundation also perform a wide range of activities to help support people living with heart disease, and their families, as well as provide educational programmes and campaigns that promote heart-healthy living. Groups and businesses are also encouraged to create a team to collect because whether it is a community group, business or family, ‘a group that collects together, stays together’.

The Big Heart Appeal street collections will take place on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 and volunteers are needed in all regions.

For more information on volunteering for the Big Heart Appeal and to sign up, visit heartfoundation.org.nz/volunteer.