Have a heart and help keep others’ hearts pumping
FRASER Coast residents are being asked to dig deep and support the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal this month.
Volunteers will be door-knocking the streets for the appeal, which begins on Monday and finishes on September 15.
Wayne Raguse of Maryborough is one of the thousands of Queenslanders who will be door-knocking.
He lost his mother to a heart attack when she was only 63 years old.
"She didn't get to live a full life because of heart disease - I'm in my 60s now, same as Mum was when she died, so it is even more relevant for me now," he said.
"I also lost one of my best mates to a sudden heart attack when he was 65 years."
"When you get to your 60s you should be at a stage of retiring and enjoying life, not dying from a sudden heart attack."
This will be Wayne's tenth year of doorknocking for the Big Heart Appeal.
"I'm a great supporter of the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal and my neighbours expect to hear me knock on their door each year," he said.
Heart Foundation Queensland chief executive officer Stephen Vines said every donation would help in the fight against heart disease.
"Most people don't realise it, but heart disease is the number one cause of death in Australia, killing one person every 24 minutes," he said.
All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.