GATTON man John Oliver will be a part of the army of 118,000 volunteers across Australia knocking on doors to help raise money for the Heart Foundation’s annual Doorknock Appeal from September 3 to 16.
Both John, 85, and his wife Geraldine, 92, have pacemakers and have been donating to the Heart Foundation for five years.
Despite his age, John decided to volunteer for the Doorknock Appeal for the first time this year.
“I agree with the work it does, so I support it, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
John isn’t daunted by the walking required to complete the Doorknock Appeal.
“I’ve got two weeks to do half of my street,” John said.
“So I don’t have to hurry. I can wander up and just do a few houses a day.”
He said the Doorknock was an important thing to do for the community.
“Every human being has a heart and it’s important we have the funds,” he said.
Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Cameron Prout said the Appeal was essential to ensuring the Heart Foundation continues its important work.
“Every donation to the Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal will help us in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of Australian men and women,” Mr Prout said.
“With the help of our fantastic volunteer collectors we hope to raise $5 million to fund critical research and community projects to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of heart disease.
“An Australian dies from heart disease every 23 minutes, which is why we have invested $13.6 million into cardiovascular research this year alone,” he said.
All Heart Foundation volunteers collecting as part of the Doorknock Appeal will be wearing a badge with the Heart Foundation logo and the words Volunteer Collector Official Identification Badge.
The badge also has the volunteer’s ID number and an expiry date of September 16.
All donations $2 and over are tax deductible and the Heart Foundation Doorknock volunteer can issue receipts.
“We are hoping people will open their doors and their hearts during this week,” Mr Prout said.
Donations can also be made by phoning the Heart Foundation Doorknock Hotline on 1800 55 22 55 or by visiting the website www.heartfoundation.org.au/doorknock.
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