Volunteers needed for Heart Month
SYDNEY — Volunteers can help make a difference in their community, have fun and possibly win prizes by participating in the provincial Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual door-to-door canvass in February.
“ The annual Heart Month canvass is expected to include more than 4,000 Nova Scotians,” said Trish Berry, senior manager of fund development for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. “ We need as many volunteers as possible to give us just a few hours of their time. Behind every door, there is an opportunity to gain more support for research and health promotion efforts which can have a big impact on the lives of people living right here in Nova Scotia.”
By participating in the fundraising activity, volunteers can contribute to life-saving research and be part of the foundation’s first winter walking challenge to help find out how far Heart Month volunteers walk in February.
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Nova Scotians. Funds raised help the foundation support research in the province and support health promotion programs.
“Being physically active on a regular basis, such as through walking, is a key way to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Berry.
Heart Month volunteers are asked to register for the challenge online at www.walkaboutns.ca and track their steps throughout Heart Month using a pedometer or by estimating their steps based on the distance walked.
“ This challenge isn’t a race,” Berry said. “It’s not about how far or how fast you walk. We’re asking all our volunteers to join the group to help us find out our collective walking activity.”
All volunteers who register will be entered into a draw to win prizes that include a Heart and Stroke Foundation CPR Anytime Family & Friends Kit, jackets, Swiss Army watch, reflective armbands and pedometers.
To become a volunteer and learn more about the walking challenge, visit www.heartandstroke.ns.ca or call 1-800-4234432, extension 3330.