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Million Beats!!

In one of our first blogs in Australia we mentioned meeting Tanya and finding out about her charity Hearts4Heart, a not for profit organisation who support adolescents and adults living with heart disease. Knowing we would be in Melbourne for a while we had told her to let us know if she ever needed any volunteers to help out and this is how we became involved with the launch of their Million Beats campaign.

Big thanks to Marz (Marlene Habib) for letting us use her photos of the campaign in our blog!

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The idea behind the Million Beats campaign is to get people to donate their heartbeats, by getting their hearts pumping through exercise and sponsoring each heartbeat. At 1 cent per beat the goal is for an individual or team to raise one million beats in a month, raising funds for Hearts4heart to continue helping young people with heart disease while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

It was an early start and we proudly donned out Hearts4heart t-shirts and headed out as the sun was rising over Melbourne to make our way to WaterMarc Leisure Centre which was about 40mins out of town. As the charity operates on a volunteer basis it was great to see that so many had come together to support Tanya and the campaign and we soon were set to task blowing up balloons, fixing the stage, putting up signs and making sure everything was in place. We already looked like a team with our matching t-shirts but something was missing

We needed some more pizzazz to help us stand out in the crowd....

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... And you can't go wrong with a glittery hat!

We were briefed by Tanya about how the morning was going to run, with a variety of class demonstrations such as Zumba and Body Attack happening throughout the morning and performances from Emmy Bryce, a singer/songwriter from Melbourne.

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Tanya also reminded us of some of the key facts that we would need to get across when encouraging people to support the charity and sign up to the campaign including...

  • Over the past 30 years heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Australia.
  • Heart disease does not just affect the elderly and is one of the leading causes of premature death.
  • It kills one Australian every 11 minutes and affects two in three families.
  • Hearts4heart supports, educate and empowers adults living with heart disease, prevent hospitalisations and save lives!
  • Hearts4heart provide services and direct support to cardiac patients, their families and friends via one on one support and online forums/virtual communities.

During the briefing we were introduced to the compare for the day Jeff Waters from the ABC who got involved with the charity following his own personal experience with heart disease.

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Armed with our info, loads of enthusiasm and now wearing feather boas too we were tasked, along with Paul and Sarah, to head upstairs to the gym to see if we could encourage people to sign up.

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Not wanting to harass people as they pounded the treadmill we decided on the tactic of talking to people in the locker area before and after their work outs letting them know about the event in reception and how they could get involved. We soon had our patter down and learnt to play to our strengths. Paul had a way with talking to the older ladies sitting them down on the sofa for a chat, Dan took on going into the exercise studios talking to a captive audience before their lesson began and I ended up having the hard task for chatting to muscly guys... It was a tough morning :)

We headed back downstairs to help out there and saw that the demonstrations classes were in full swing and the boys were doing a great job showing everyone how it was done.

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With music pumping and everyone jumping around like loons a crowd soon formed with cute kids hardly being able to contain themselves bouncing along to the beats and trying to copy the classes. It was a great atmosphere and as people watched on we mingled with the crowd giving them info on why we were here and how they could get involved.

As Emmy Bryce took to the stage to perform some songs the boys took a much needed breather!

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Somehow I ended up being pulled up into one of the demonstrations. My co ordination is seriously lacking but it was really fun and we soon had a group of kids come and join in.

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It was a great morning and we're looking forward to finding out how all the participants get on with their month of fundraising.

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To celebrate a morning well spent Dan took me out to Healesville for a well earned lunch and one of these!!

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Sxxx

Posted by doyledan 02:38 Archived in Australia

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Thank you so much for coming and joining in the festivities. Such a great write-up too! We love your work and appreciate your support. Thank you :-)

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