World Heart Day 2018

28 Sep 2018
CHDRU Director, A/Prof Liesl Zühlke (centre), is joined by hospital staff and Hearty to celebrate World Heart Day 2018
28 Sep 2018

World Heart Day 2018 was celebrated at the Red Cross Children's Hospital on Thursday, September 27th 2018 with CHDRU staff and volunteers making their way through the wards and clinics to spread some cheer whilst raising awareness about heart disease. Children and their parents were treated to apples and heart shaped cookies whilst hospital staff received heart-themed cake pops as thanks for all the hard work they do in looking after our sick children.

CHDRU staff prepare for a day of festivities

This year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa's (HSFSA) message - 'for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts' - was promoted to raise awareness about heart health and to encourage people to make a promise; as individuals to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and to say no to smoking; as parents to encourage children to be more active and lead healthy lives; and as healthcare professionals to save more lives.

CHDRU staff and volunteers hand out goodies to children and their parents in the wards

World Heart Day proper will be celebrated around the world on Saturday, September 29th 2018 with the lighting up of iconic landmarks, monuments and buildings in red to mark the occasion.

Join the HSFSA this Saturday at the Waterfront Amphitheatre from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM for an interactive and informative event to raise awareness about heart disease. The event will include participation by the HSFSA mascot; Hearty as well as an energetic jump rope routine from members of the SA Jump Rope Federation. There will also be prize giveaways and so much more to enjoy!