February is Heart Month, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling on Manitobans for their support in helping fundraise for heart health.
This month, almost 3,500 volunteers will be raising cash and awareness for HSF – last February, volunteers netted nearly $585,000, and in 2014, they’ll be trying to raise $700,000 to go toward fighting heart disease and strokes, which remain the leading cause of death in the province, claiming more than 2,500 people a year.
HSF volunteers will be kicking off the fundraising drive with a tag day tomorrow at five Safeway locations – Henderson at Chief Peguis, McPhillips and Jefferson, Madison Square, Kenaston and McGillivary, and St. Anne’s and Fermor – from 12 to 4 p.m., where they’ll be collecting donations and distributing resources to the public.
“Heart Month is the one time of year Manitobans come together to fight our number one health threat,” said Heather Carroll, community fundraising programs manager for HSF. “Your support means we can have a more tangible impact on the lives of Canadians by better fulfilling our mission to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.”
Nationally, the Heart and Stroke Foundation helped create more than 165,000 survivors of heart disease and stroke in the past year alone. To find out about how to volunteer or donate, visit heartandstroke.ca/help,or call 1-888-473-4636.