The annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal has started throughout Australia with 12,000 volunteers heading out to knock on doors.
Heart Foundation National CEO Lyn Roberts said every donation will help in the fight against heart disease, which is the number one killer of Australian men and women.
“Most people don’t realise it, but heart disease is the number one cause of death in Australia, killing one person every 24 minutes.
“With the help of 120,000 people doorknocking their neighbours, workplace fundraising and through individual giving, we hope to raise $5 million to make world-class research possible. “As a charity, the majority of our funding comes from everyday Australians whose generous gifts are critical to helping us continue our lifesaving work.
“This appeal is the largest community-led fundraising program for the Heart Foundation, so we’re asking all Australians to get behind the campaign and give whatever they can afford.”
The 2013 Big Heart Appeal runs 1-30 September in all states except Queensland (2-15 Sept) and Western Australia (2-21 Sept).
“To recognise our volunteers and open your doors with confidence, you can check the collector is wearing a badge with the Heart Foundation logo and the words Volunteer Collector Official Identification Badge. “The badge also has the volunteer’s ID number and an expiry date,” Dr Roberts said.
All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided.
Alternatively, you can donate onlilne at www.heartfoundation.org.au/bigheart.