Get involved with a Heart Day this February – and hold a day to throw a heart with friends, family or work mates that raises money for the Heart Foundation’s national appeal.
This February, the Heart Foundation NZ is encouraging Kiwis to throw a Heart Day with fellow staff members or friends, to help raise funds for the charity’s national appeal.
Heart Day can be as easy as holding a red raffle (raffling items such as red lippy, red shoes, etc), or hosting a red morning or afternoon tea (hello strawberry jam scones and red velvet cake!) – or even just setting up a donation box and wearing red for the day.
When you register for a Heart Day, the foundation will send you a kit that includes heart balloons, a recipe book, posters, a donation box, and more. It’s easy to register –visit www.heartfoundation.org.nz
General Heart Statistics in New Zealand
- According to the Ministry of Health (2015) Mortality and Demographic data 2012, cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 30% of deaths annually.
- Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease.
- Almost one in twenty adults have been diagnosed with heart disease. That’s 169,000 New Zealand adults. (Ministry of Health (2015) NZ Health Survey: Annual update of key results 2014-2015).