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Volunteers still needed for Heart Month campaign in Swift Current

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Sixteen-year-old McKenzie DeMars, who was born with a congenital heart defect, will speak at the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Heart Rally at Pharmasave in Swift Current, Jan. 24. Sixteen-year-old McKenzie DeMars, who was born with a congenital heart defect, will speak at the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Heart Rally at Pharmasave in Swift Current, Jan. 24. Photo by Angie DeMars

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is still looking for volunteer canvassers in Swift Current to participate in the annual Heart Month campaign.


Jill McLeod, the campaign co-ordinator for Heart Month in Swift Current, said this fundraising event will take place in the city throughout February.
“It’s one of the largest fundraisers for the Foundation,” she noted. “So it’s very important that is done well.”
Canvassers will go door-to-door in neighbourhoods to raise awareness about the Heart and Stroke Foundation and to collect funds.
“We are a little low in our numbers right now, so I am hoping to get this up,” she said. “The more canvassers we have on the streets, the chances of collecting more donations is better.”
Last year’s campaign raised just over $11,000 in Swift Current with the help of 68 canvassers.
“We are hoping to have more canvassers this year,” she said. “The more people we have, the more the following year that are likely to return.”
The fundraising goal for the 2015 Heart Month campaign will again be $11,000 and McLeod would like to see around 80 canvassers out on the streets during February.
“Each canvasser is assigned about 20 houses,” she said. “It can be in their neighbourhood. It doesn’t have to be if they don’t want to canvass their own street.”
This is a time commitment of about three to four hours during the month to knock on doors, to talk to people about the Foundation’s work and to request a donation.
“We have some people too that sit right in their own apartment building in the lobby or retirement home and just canvass the people that live there,” she said. “So if you’re unable to walk or if that’s not something you’re comfortable with, you can do that option too.”
In preparation for the February campaign, a Heart Rally will take place in the Gathering Room at Pharmasave on Jan. 24, starting at 1 p.m.
“If anybody is thinking about canvassing and they’re not sure, I would recommend they come and just find out more about it,” she said. “So you don’t already have to be signed up to come to that event.”
The guest speaker at the event will be 16-year-old McKenzie DeMars of Swift Current. She was born with a congenital heart defect and she had open-heart surgery when she was eight weeks old.
A Heart and Stroke Foundation representative will provide a demonstration of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and light refreshments will be served at the event.
The Heart Rally will also serve as a venue for volunteers who have already registered to pick up their canvasser kits.
“We’ll also be doing a presentation to give them some tips and tricks on how to make their canvassing more successful,” McLeod said.
More than 100,000 Canadians participate in the Heart Month campaign every year. Last year the Heart and Stroke Foundation raised more than $10 million across the country during Heart Month, and $176,293 in Saskatchewan.
For more information about volunteering during Heart Month, phone 306-773-3314 or visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website at heartandstroke.ca/help.

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