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Who are you wearing red for?

COMMUNITY members are invited to don their very best red outfit this month to raise money and awareness for the fight against heart disease.

“Shockingly, heart disease kills one Australian every 29 minutes, that’s 50 people every single day,” Heart Research Australia chief executive officer Nicci Dent said.

“Given that it is the biggest cause of Australian deaths, it would be impossible for almost every Australian to not be impacted in some way.

“Heart Research Australia aims to reduce the devastating impact heart disease has on families and the community.”

This month, Heart Research Australia is inviting local community members to get involved with Wear Red Day on 14 February for someone close to their heart to help keep families together for longer.

“Whether it’s a family member, wife, husband, or that special friend who means the world to them, or in memory of someone they loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease,” Ms Dent said.

“Fittingly, National Wear Red Day is held on Valentine’s Day, a day represented by the heart.”

Ms Dent said the simple fact was that research saved lives.

“This is why we support world-class and emerging researchers to conduct ground-breaking research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease,” she said.

“We specifically support ‘seed’ funding, allowing researchers to turn their innovative ‘out of the notebook’ ideas into reality, but we desperately need more funds to support this vital work as this type of first-stage research does not qualify for government funding.”

Getting involved with Wear Red Day is as simple as wearing red and donating to Heart Research Australia during the month of February.

Many people organise their office colleagues, exercise group, friends or school to wear red and get together.

Caption: National Wear Red Day will be held across the nation on 14 February to raise awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease.