Please look out for volunteers on February 21 and 22, 2020
Auckland, December 23, 2019
If you have some money to spare, please participate in the ‘Big Heart Appeal’ that would be held on February 20 and February 21, 2020 throughout New Zealand.
If you can provide a little more than what you usually do, the funds will get a major boost and more importantly, you may be able to save a life or two.
Heart Foundation Medical Director Gerry Devlin said that more than 120 people die of heart disease every week, or about 6300 people every year.
“The Foundation provides finance to research to save lives and improve the quality of life of 180,000 New Zealand who suffer from heart disease,” he said.
The Big Heart Appeal will take to the streets and held at other places where people meet, during the two days in February next year.
“It is staggering to think that the number of deaths is the size of the entire population of Matamata in the North Island. By donating to the Big Heart Appeal, people are helping to save the lives of loved ones all across New Zealand,” Mr Devlin said.
Heart disease at a glance
Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming the lives of more than 6300 New Zealanders every year; that is one person every 90 minutes.
More than 180,000 New Zealanders are currently living with heart disease.
The Heart Foundation funds cutting-edge research and specialist training for cardiologists, while its education and prevention programmes address heart disease head-on in the community.
The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s heart charity that is leading the fight against heart disease. It relies heavily on the generosity of everyday Kiwis to support our life-saving work.