Heart attack story highlights generous donation

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WA CEO Sarah Fordham visited CITIC Pacific Mining in the Pilbara yesterday to accept a donation for more than $53,000 to the Heart Foundation.

CPM has been fundraising for the Heart Foundation throughout 2018, with its employees and contractors doing everything from selling specially-made hats and shirts, to running quirky events.

“We are grateful to CITIC Pacific Mining’s staff and contractors for raising funds for heart disease prevention, patient support, and research,” said Ms Fordham.

“Earlier this year we were happy to send health staff to the site to give other workers information on how to look after their hearts.”

CPM’s CEO Chen Zeng said staff and contractors had been keen to support a community organisation with direct relevance to their colleagues.

“Heart disease is a growing issue for our community and unfortunately our workforce demographic is an at-risk group,” Mr Zeng said.

“The Heart Foundation has led the way in improving the heart health of all Australians for the last 60 years.

“I’m delighted that we’re contributing to the Heart Foundation’s research, education and all-important prevention programs.

“Raising funds was just one aspect – we were also keen to have Foundation educators come to our site and speak to staff and contractors about what they can do to reduce the risk of heart disease.”

As a corporate supporter of the Heart Foundation, CPM matched fundraising efforts dollar-for-dollar.

First-hand experience

During the fundraising campaign, CPM Mobile Plant Operator Richard Day came forward to share his story, having experienced a heart attack in 2015 during his shift on site.

“I thought I was going to die,” Mr Day said. “I’d actually had symptoms while I was on day shift, but I thought it was a sore back.

“It was only later I learnt that that’s the thing with a heart attack – not everyone gets the same symptoms - and it’s not always chest pain.”

Mr Day said the seriousness of the event only hit him when the doctor told him that’s what had happened.

“It was very frightening and confusing, but because we have the medics on site and I got a nice flight on the Royal Flying Doctor Service, I’m still here today.”

He wanted his story to help his peers and colleagues understand the importance of good heart health.

“You hear in the hospitals of the work the Heart Foundation has done to raise awareness, and I’m all for it,” he said. “The research that has led to improvements is vital.”

Mr Day credits cardiac rehabilitation and making a few lifestyle changes for his current good health. He has taken Heart Foundation advice on reducing risk factors, including his diet.

To find out more about the warning signs of heart attack, visit https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/heart-attack-symptoms or call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing the warning signs of attack, call 000 for an ambulance immediately.

About the Heart Foundation  

The Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For 60 years, it has led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Its sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease. To find out more about the Heart Foundation’s research program or to make a donation, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or call 13 11 12. 

Contact: Sandy Oliver, WA Media Manager, Heart Foundation

Tel: (08) 9382 5947 Mobile: 0403 348 749 Email: sandy.oliver@heartfoundation.org.au