Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion seek­ing more vol­un­teers

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion is hop­ing ad­di­tional vol­un­teers will come for­ward to as­sist with the up­com­ing city wide door-to-door can­vass dur­ing Heart Month if Fe­bru­ary.

Jill McLeod, Swift Cur­rent Cam­paign Co­or­di­na­tor for the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, suc­cess­fully re­cruited three ad­di­tional can­vassers dur­ing a Heart Rally at the Swift Cur­rent Mall on Satur­day. This in­creases their vol­un­teer can­vassers to 56, with a lo­cal goal of 65, but there is room for many more vol­un­teers.

“I’d re­ally like to push hard to get those last few be­fore Fe­bru­ary,” McLeod said fol­low­ing the Heart Rally. “Ac­tu­ally there’s a lot of streets in Swift Cur­rent right now that we don’t have can­vassers on them, so we will have vol­un­teers putting brochures into mail­boxes if we can’t get can­vassers to their door.”

“It is im­por­tant to have that face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion and re­ally get to talk to the peo­ple. The more can­vassers we have on more streets the bet­ter.”

This is McLeod’s first year co­or­di­nat­ing the lo­cal cam­paign, but she has a deeply per­sonal rea­son for sup­port­ing the cause.

“This Fe­bru­ary will be 10 years since my dad died of a heart at­tack,” McLeod said. “I’ve been do­ing some work with the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, mostly mak­ing do­na­tions, and I wanted to do more this year es­pe­cially with it be­ing the 10 year an­niver­sary. This was some­thing that I could do to help out and raise aware­ness.”

She pointed out that stag­ger­ing statis­tic that one in three peo­ple will be af­fected by heart disease and stroke.

Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil’s Jan. 20th meet­ing, where coun­cil pro­claimed the week of Feb. 9 to 15 as Heart Week in Swift Cur­rent, she added an ad­di­tional sober­ing statis­tic.

“Did you know nine in 10 peo­ple in our prov­ince have at least one ma­jor risk fac­tor. Look around you, many of them are your friends, fam­ily, and re­spected peers. Ev­ery seven min­utes one Cana­dian dies due to heart disease and stroke. It’s a lead­ing cause of death in our coun­try. But, with your help, we can cre­ate more sur­vivors.”

Heart Month will fea­ture a pair of other fundrais­ers in ad­di­tion to the door-todoor can­vass. There will be Yoga for Heart ev­ery Satur­day in Fe­bru­ary at Yoga Con­nex­ion. This hour long Karma Yoga class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. is avail­able for a $5 fee, and there is no pre-reg­is­tra­tion to par­tic­i­pate. On Feb. 15th the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion will host a fundrais­ing garage sale at Walker Place. They will be ac­cept­ing drop off do­na­tions that morn­ing, and will quickly sort and price items for the sale. They are re­quest­ing no large items be dropped off.

There will also be a se­ries of city busi­nesses sell­ing Heart and Stroke pa­per hearts for a $2 dona­tion.

Booster photo by Scott An­der­son

Jill McLeod, Swift Cur­rent Cam­paign Co­or­di­na­tor for the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, is hop­ing to re­cruit ad­di­tional vol­un­teers for Fe­bru­ary's door-to-door cam­paign.

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