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Big heart appeal kicks off

THE Heart Foundation Tasmania’s 2015 Big Heart Appeal was officially launched by chief executive officer Graeme Lynch last month.

After a morning bike ride to Princes Park in Battery Point, Mr Lynch and Heart Foundation ambassador Jeremy Scott joined Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman at Wrest Point Casino for a healthy breakfast to kick off the appeal.

The Big Heart Appeal is the Heart Foundation’s largest community-led fundraising campaign that runs throughout September and sees thousands of volunteers door knock throughout the state.

Mr Lynch said the Tasmanian Government had once again generously thrown its support behind the appeal pledging $50,000 towards the fundraiser.

“We, at the Heart Foundation, are delighted to receive $50,000 from the Tasmanian Government as part of the Community Participation and Appeals Program,” he said.

“One in four Tasmanians are currently affected by heart disease and it is therefore vital that we continue our work to prevent premature death and suffering through funding world-class research.

“As a charity, the majority of our funding comes from everyday Tasmanians whose generous gifts are critical to helping us continue our lifesaving work.”

Mr Lynch said the foundation had an ambitious target of $300,000 for the Big Heart Appeal.

“The government’s commitment of $50,000 is a strong vote of confidence in what we do,” he said.

For further information on the Big Heart Appeal visit www.bigheartappeal.org.au

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