The doorknock appeal for the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal is being held throughout September.
The doorknock appeal for the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal is being held throughout September. Crystal Spencer

32,000 big-hearted volunteers start doorknocking

MORE than 32,000 big-hearted volunteers will start hitting the streets across NSW this weekend in support of the annual Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal.

"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 Kerry Doyle, NSW Chief Executive of the Heart Foundation.

"Most people don't realise it, but heart disease is the number one cause of death in NSW, taking the life of 18 people every single day.

"With the help of 32,000 people doorknocking their neighbourhood, workplace fundraising and through individual giving, we hope to raise $1.5 million NSW 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 2014 Big Heart Appeal runs throughout September in NSW.

"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.

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 http://www.bigheartappeal.org.au or fundraising for us this September.