Winners show a lot of heart
ERNIE Lopez has been a long-term committed volunteer and supporter of the Heart Foundation for more than 10 years.
But most recently, the Cloverdale resident announced he would leave a gift for the organisation in his will and was recognised at the awards for his generosity.
Mr Lopez was an officer in the Malaysian Army, later becoming a businessman before he retired and migrated to Perth with his wife.
But it was his older brother’s severe heart attack that sparked Mr Lopez’s interest in giving back to the community.
Mr Lopez contacted the Heart Foundation and offered to help.
The volunteer attends the Subiaco premises every Friday helping with mail-outs, research and other administrative tasks.
“I left a gift in my will to the Heart Foundation because I believe the charity plays an important role in the community,” Mr Lopez said.
“I want to support its work and help in the fight against heart disease.”
HEART disease is Australia's single biggest killer and there is still much to be done, says Heart Foundation WA president Graeme Robson. But while the fight against the disease is not over, the 2015 Heart Foundation President's Awards acknowledge small victories against the disease. This year, local residents were recognised for their contributions to the organisation. By KAYLEE MARTIN