The Irish Heart Foundation’s 25th anniversary Happy Hearts Appeal is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet, and volunteers from Clonmel are urged to donate a few hours of their time in the next few days to sell Happy Heart badges and keep more hearts beating.
The Happy Hearts Appeal, supported by Supervalu, is hoping to raise half a million Euro from this Thursday to Saturday, May 15-17 to help raise funds to deliver a national CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) campaign.
In 2012 93 people were returned home to their families as survivors after suffering a cardiac arrest outside of hospital because they received CPR from a bystander, and the charity expects this number to continue to grow following a national CPR awareness campaign.
Irish Heart Foundation regional manager for Munster, Anne Riordan, said “The reality is that every day 13 lives are lost to sudden cardiac arrest in Ireland, but starting CPR can double the chance of survival. This May marks the 25th anniversary of our national Happy Hearts Appeal and I am hugely grateful to the people of Clonmel for their long-running support in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Once again we urgently need your help to raise donations to deliver a national CPR campaign to save lives. I’m calling on people to join their local Happy Hearts team this May 15-17 to sell heart badges for €2. Together we can keep hearts beating.”
Local co-ordinator Eddie Cooney is asking people to help out in Clonmel and help spread this lifesaving skill, a skill that may even save the life of someone you know and love.
To volunteer for the Happy Hearts Appeal collections in your area contact Eddie Cooney on 087-9101836 or call the Irish Heart Foundation Munster office on 021-4505822.
Donations may also be made online at www.irishheart.ie/happy hearts.
The Irish Heart Foundation is a national charity fighting heart disease and stroke through research, CPR, prevention, advocacy, education and patient support.