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Friday 21 July 2017

Happy Heart volunteers sought in Louth

This May Irish Heart is encouraging 3,000 volunteers to help sell their iconic happy hearts and raise vital funds to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest, which claims 5,000 lives in Ireland every year.

Money raised for the Happy Heart appeal will go towards Irish Heart's CPR programmes to create lifesavers in every community in Ireland.

For more than 50 years, Irish Heart has been fighting heart disease and stroke and empowering the people of Ireland to live longer, happier lives.

Central to the mission of Irish Heart is to help save more lives from cardiac arrest through CPR training. Cardiac arrest could happen to someone at work, in your community, or at home so it's essential to know exactly what to do, and be confident in doing it, according to Irish Heart.

Mairead Mc Meel, North East fundraising manager at Irish Heart said: 'This year's Happy Heart Appeal target is €500,000 - a 40% increase on last year - and these vital funds ensure that we can continue to provide essential CPR training to every community in Ireland.'

'If a loved one or someone you know goes into a sudden cardiac arrest, you are their main chance of survival. Not a passer-by. You and your hands. CPR saves lives and so do volunteers. Now more than ever, we need more volunteers for our Happy Hearts Appeal, so that we can raise funds for programmes like our vital CPR training. Join us and volunteer on May 12th to keep more hearts beating, because we desperately need more lifesavers.'

If you'd like to support the 'Happy Heart' appeal by volunteering a few hours of your time and selling pins on 12th May, simply log on to www.irishheart.ie/happyhearts.

For more information contact: Mairead Mc Meel at mmcmeel@irishheart.ie

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