Saving Australian hearts
How you make a difference
Schools and families across the country are supporting Australians living with heart disease. Your generous support helps to educate people and fund research to better prevent and manage heart disease into the future. You help by:
- Funding high-impact research
- Working to improve heart disease prevention, detection, care and support
- Advocating to governments and industry for increased funding and resources for heart health
- Building community awareness about living a heart-healthy lifestyle. We do this through public health awareness campaigns, accessible information and resources
- Supporting health professionals in their work to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage heart disease.
Australia’s second-highest individual fundraiser for 2020 was Abi Pigram; this incredible five-year-old raised $8,532 in honour of her grandmother, Linda, who received a heart transplant 13 years ago. Abi attends the Gundagai Public School in rural New South Wales. During this year, her school raised more than $20,000 for the Heart Foundation through their involvement in Jump Rope for Heart; what an incredible effort!
Together with her friends and fellow students, Abi learned that skipping is heaps of fun and a wonderful way to keep your heart healthy.
“Iris and I could not be more proud of Abi! We always knew she was a little champion, but to be putting in this much effort and raising so much money for the Heart Foundation in her first year at school is fantastic. Iris has also been working hard behind the scenes to support Abi’s skipping and fundraising efforts. It means a lot to our family, especially my mum.”
- Mark Pigram, Father of Jump Rope champion Abi
Meet Cody and Jesse
Cody and Jesse Byrne, two young brothers from Brisbane, Queensland, set their sights sky high with a plan to raise “millions of dollars” for the Heart Foundation by being part of Jump Rope for Heart. Their inspiration? Their baby brother Sam died of heart disease after surgery to repair a hole in his heart at 10 months of age. The boys are proud to share the story of their baby brother.
“They are very special kids who genuinely want to help others because they know what can happen,” their proud mother, Paula Byrne, said.
Isla had open heart surgery as a toddler so taking part in Jump Rope for Heart was really important to her. Watch Isla’s inspiring story below.
Every dollar really makes a difference.
could cover the cost of basic tools like syringes and test tubes for a researchers can use to grow heart cells in the lab.
could pay for a DNA test to identify people at high genetic risk of heart disease
could cover the cost of research antibodies used to detect viral or bacterial infections in the heart.??