Col­lec­tor masks his iden­tity

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

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