Queensland Parliament will be glowing red, inside and out, during the month of June for Heart Foundation Go Red for Women. The lights adorning Alice Street outside Parliament House will glow red and Members of Parliament will dress red to alert women about their risk of heart disease and inform them about the actions they can take to improve their heart health.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women – a fact that will surprise many Australians. In 2006, 10,797 women died from heart disease – this equates to about 30 Australian women each day! Women are also four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. ¹
“It is still widely believed that heart disease is typically an old man’s disease. In fact, only 3 per cent of Australians are aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women²,” said Heart Foundation Chief Executive Officer Cameron Prout.
“Women are often too busy thinking about the health of their partners or family that they neglect their own. The Heart Foundation Go Red for Women campaign will help women understand their risks of heart disease so that they can take the appropriate action and help us raise vital funds for this health issue.”
Please support the Go Red for Women campaign by dressing red on June 13.
The Heart Foundation also invites you to Brisbane’s inaugural Go Red for Women Networking Breakfast at Gianni’s at Portside. Come along for a delicious healthy breakfast served with stories from the panel of inspirational women and the chance to win fantastic prizes! To book your table please phone Roslyn on 3872 2503.
To attend a Heart Foundation Go Red for Women event near you or to find out how to hold your own, call 1300 55 02 82 (within Australia) or visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/goredforwomen
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Causes of Death 2006 (3317.055.002). March 2008.
2. Pfizer Australia Health Report. Healthy Hearts. Issue 13, March 2005.
Written by Heart Foundation