Melbourne Heart FC kicks off Big Heart Appeal

Melbourne Heart FC player Massimo Murdocca kicks off the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal today.

Melbourne Heart FC player Massimo Murdocca kicked off the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal today, as 25,000 volunteer doorknockers prepare to hit the streets of Victoria this September raising funds to make world-class research possible.

The star Hyundai A-League recruit and Heart Foundation Ambassador knows too well the impact that heart disease - the number one killer of Australian men and women - can have on Victorians. His family has been touched by heart disease twice.

“I support the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal because I want to help others close to me and in the local community. I-m urging everyone to please dig deep and make a generous donation when a Heart Foundation volunteer knocks on your door this September,” he said.

This morning, Murdocca joined Victorian Heart Foundation CEO Diana Heggie and mascots Happy Heart and Ticker in a shoot-out at Melbourne-s AAMI Park, to launch the Big Heart Appeal and encourage Victorians to give generously.

“Every donation to the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal will help us in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of Australian men and women,” said Ms Heggie.

“Most people don-t realise it, but heart disease is the number one cause of death in Australia, killing one person every 24 minutes.

“With the help of 25,000 people doorknocking their neighbours, workplace fundraising and through individual giving, we hope to raise $5 million nationally to make world-class research possible.

“As a charity, the majority of our funding comes from everyday Australians whose generous gifts are critical to helping us continue our lifesaving work.

“This appeal is the largest community-led fundraising program for the Heart Foundation, so we-re asking all Australians to get behind the campaign and give whatever they can afford.”

The 2013 Big Heart Appeal runs 1-30 September in Victoria.

“To recognise our volunteers and open your doors with confidence, you can check the collector is wearing a badge with the Heart Foundation logo and the words Volunteer Collector Official Identification Badge. The badge also has the volunteer-s ID number and an expiry date,” Ms Heggie added.

All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided.

Your big heart really can help others - make a difference in the fight against heart disease by giving generously to our doorknock volunteers, donating online at www.heartfoundation.org.au/bigheart or fundraising for us this September.

Goodlife Health Clubs is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal - Doorknock 2013.