Foundation appeals for local support
Wednesday, 8th September, 2010
Locals are being urged to give from the heart and support the Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal this month.
Allan Pearce will be part of the army of 110,000 volunteers across Australia knocking on doors to help raise money for the Heart Foundation.
Mr Pearce said the apppeal runs throughout the month and would give the Foundation a chance to raise more money.
He said people who door knock will be given specific areas to collect in.
Mr Pearce participates with his son and is passionate about supporting the Heart Foundation after losing two uncles and a grandfather to heart disease.
This is Mr Pearce's third year door knocking. Not only does it give him time with his son, but it's also an opportunity to raise awareness about the worthwhile cause.
"My family is very aware of the impact that heart disease can have on your loved ones ... the Doorknock Appeal is an amazing way to raise funds for research into heart disease," Mr Pearce said.
"There is a history of heart disease in our family and we thought we could do it as a father and son team.
"We want to encourage people to donate as much as possible ... (heart disease) could happen to anyone," Mr Pearce said.
"Please dig deep into your pockets and support the cause."
According Heart Foundation CEO NSW Tony Thirlwell the money raised by the Doorknock Appeal will help fund research and community projects to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke.
To recognise volunteers and open your door with confidence, you can check that the collector is wearing a badge with the Heart Foundation's logo and the words "Volunteer Collector Official Identification Badge."
The badge also has the volunteer's ID number and an expiry date of September 30. Collectors will also have an official receipt book and a small Heart Foundation bag.
All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible and the volunteer can give receipts.
If you're not home when one of the volunteers visit, you can make a credit card donation directly with the Heart Foundation Doorknock Hotline 1800 55 22 55 or by visiting www.heartfoundation.org.au/Doorknock.