Collector masks his identity
Lee Warn is making sure he’ll stand out among the volunteers hitting the streets to raise money for Heart Foundation this weekend.
As usual Mr Warn will don one of the many costumes stashed in his wardrobe for the annual appeal.
He’s keeping tightlipped on which costume he will choose, but says there will be no monkey business.
‘‘I’ve done it before in a gorilla suit, but it tends to scare the children,’’ he says.
‘‘It gets good attention, but it can be a bit frightening. So I’ll choose something else this year.’’
It is the fourth time Mr Warn has taken part in the two-day appeal capping off annual Heart Week which began on Monday.
‘‘I find it’s a worthy cause and everyone there is happy and excited to be doing what they do,’’ he says.
Funds raised from the appeal goes to help the Heart Foundation achieve its goal of lowering heart disease in New Zealand.
The money is put towards life-saving heart research, programmes to encourage healthy lifestyle changes and helping people affected by heart disease.
According to statistics from the foundation a New Zealander dies every 90 minutes of heart disease.
Medical director Norman Sharpe says because Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation it relies heavily on public support.
‘‘Since we started 45 years ago, heart disease death rates in New Zealand have halved and stroke death rates have almost halved.
‘‘Despite this excellent result, heart disease continues to cut far too many lives short,’’ he says.