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Wednesday January 24, 2018

The Wellington branch of the Heart Foundation is offering its local community an opportunity to kick start a happier 2018 by taking part in its Big Heart Appeal street collection. Collectors will not only help stop New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease, but research proves volunteering also increases a person’s happiness. “We really need people to hit the streets of the Wellington region to collect life-saving funds, while enjoying the opportunity to be out in their community doing good,” Cath Lyders, Heart Health advocate, says. Khandallah local and heart failure nurse, Janet Dunbar, has been a volunteer for the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal for the last 18 years. Janet says she loves supporting the life-saving work being done by the charity. “As a cardiac nurse, I see the devastating effect every day of a disease that with education, support and resources could have much less of an impact on people and their families affected by it,” Janet says. “The Heart Foundation does some great work in our communities. “I help with the Big Heart Appeal as it’s something tangible I can do and gives me the feel good factor. I love the camaraderie with the other volunteers at events.” More than 6000 people die from

heart disease every year in New Zealand. “As a charity, we really need the support of New Zealanders in their local communities so we can make more life-saving research into heart disease possible,” Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin says. Since 1970, the foundation has invested almost $60 million in research and specialist training. “We also offer a wide range of activities devoted to help support the 172,000 Kiwis currently living with heart disease, plus educational programmes and campaigns that promote heart attack awareness and hearthealthy living.”  If you are able to help out the Heart Foundation for a couple of hours as a street collector on Friday 23 or Saturday February 24, visit volunteer or contact Cath Lyders on 04 472 2780 or Cardiac nurse Janet Dunbar from Khandallah has been a volunteer for the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal for 18 years. PHOTO:: Supplied


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