The 2016 People’s Choice Community Lottery is back and this year’s main charity beneficiary is HeartKids SA/NT. In honour of children lost to CHD and inspired by those living with it, Australia’s second largest Credit Union, People’s Choice, are raising much needed money for HeartKids SA/NT. All money raised will be used by HeartKids SA/NT to support families of children with heart disease.
Buy a ticket in the People’s Choice Community Lottery for your chance to share in 150 prizes valued at over $360,000, including a Hyundai Tucson Elite donated by Adrian Brian Hyundai and a $35,000 Harvey Norman Shopping spree. 100% of every ticket you buy supports local communities, sporting clubs and charities like HeartKids SA/NT.
HeartKids SA have offered enormous support to my family over the past ten years.
20 weeks though my first pregnancy, during a routine scan we heard for the very first time the term ‘Heart-Kid’. Up until this time we were blissfully unaware that such a term was ever applied to a child, leave alone our own. On September 6, 2006, our darling first-son Eddy was born with congenital heart disease.
Our education about what it means to be a ‘Heart-Kid’ came thick and fast. As first-time parents we were thrust into the world of specialists, hospital wards, heart failure, ambulance rides and intensive care stays. We never truly experienced the joy of becoming parents for the first time, because the first year of Eddy’s life was filled with fear and clinging to hope that he would survive.
Eddy did survive, making us one of the lucky ones. The statistics are extremely confronting:
- Eight babies are born with a heart defect in Australia every day.
- Childhood heart disease is the biggest killers of children under the age of one.
- Approximately half of children diagnosed with heart disease require life-saving surgery to correct the defect.
- Each week more than four Australians pass away as a result of a congenital heart defect.
Buy a ticket in the People’s Choice Community Lottery, nominate HeartKids SA/NT as your preferred charity and know that 100% of each and every $2 ticket sold will go towards helping to support HeartKids SA/NT and the incredible work they do for children living with childhood heart disease and their families.
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Since 1984, the Community Lottery has returned almost $15 million to more than 1,500 not-for-profit groups.
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