Win­ners show a lot of heart

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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

Ernie Lopez.

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