Heart disease is the single biggest killer of men and women in New Zealand, and the Heart Foundation is calling for
people to show their big heart by volunteering as a street collector for its Big Heart Appeal on Friday 21 and Saturday
"While the Heart Foundation is committed to tackling heart disease in New Zealand, we can't do it alone. Our volunteers
around the country make a huge difference in our ability to help," says Heart Foundation Medical Director Gerry Devlin.
Every 90 minutes, one New Zealander dies of heart disease and the Heart Foundation’s vital work funds research to save
lives and improve the quality of life for the 180,000 New Zealanders living with heart disease.
"Since the Heart Foundation was founded 52 years ago, we've seen a phenomenal reduction in death from heart disease but
there's still a lot that needs to be done. Not only does heart disease remain our single biggest killer but we have more
people living with heart disease than ever before all throughout New Zealand.
Gerry says that a few hours of a volunteer’s time on the day is huge and plays a vital role in the fight against heart
"We are calling on big-hearted Kiwi’s all around New Zealand to volunteer a few hours of their time to help collect
funds to support our vital research and work in the community,” says Gerry.
“Last years’ volunteers said being a street collector is a fun, fulfilling and a fabulous opportunity to make a
difference and change lives.”
He says funds raised during the Heart Foundation's annual appeal are used to support life-saving heart research and
specialist training for cardiologists.
The Heart Foundation is New Zealand's leading independent funder of heart research. Since 1968, it has funded more than
$74 million in research and specialist training.
"We also perform a wide range of activities to help support people living with heart disease and their families and
provide educational programmes and campaigns that promote heart-healthy living."
or call 0800 BIG HEART (0800 244 432) to sign up for the Big Heart Appeal street collection.