THOMAS GEORGE MP KICKS OFF HEART FOUNDATION DOORKNOCK APPEAL

THOMAS GEORGE MP KICKS OFF HEART FOUNDATION DOORKNOCK APPEAL

2 September 2010

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the start of the annual Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal and urged all local residents to get behind the campaign.

Mr George said the Doorknock Appeal is of particular importance as it helps the Heart Foundation fund life saving research and promotes health in the community.

“I was shocked to learn that heart disease is the single leading cause of both men and women in Australia, killing one Australian every 22 minutes,” he said.

“Money raised by the 2010 Doorknock Appeal will help the Heart Foundation fund critical research and community projects to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of heart disease.

“I’m urging everyone to please dig deep and make a generous donation when a Heart Foundation volunteer knocks on your door this September.

“Most of the Heart Foundation’s funding comes from donations from the public and is essential to helping reduce the suffering and death caused by heart disease in Australia.

“I support the Heart Foundation because it’s an independent charity that funds world class research, supports health professionals and promotes health in the community.

“This year in NSW alone, the Heart Foundation has funded more than $2.7 million of essential medical research at local research centres.

“To recognise Heart Foundation volunteers and open your doors with confidence, you can check 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 30 September. Collectors will also have an official receipt book and a small Heart Foundation bag.

Mr George added, “all donations $2 and over are tax-deductible and the Heart Foundation Doorknock volunteer can issue supports with a receipt.”

“If you’re not home when one of our Doorknock 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.”

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577