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Fun run to combat heart disease

LONG ROAD AHEAD: Sheree Crawford, left, and Jackie Healy are in training for the Wimmera Heart Challenge on August 5. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

An inaugural fun-run in Stawell on August 5 aims to help residents from across the region to get fit and raise funds to spread the word about early signs of heart attack.
Stawell woman Jackie Healy has launched ‘The Wimmera Heart Challenge – Run for Russ’ in memory of her father Russell Peacock who passed away in 1996 without warning from a heart attack. He was just 46.
“When I recently learnt that the Wimmera Grampians region had one of the highest death rates from cardiovascular disease, it really hit home,” Jackie said.
“I wanted to come up with a way to reduce the risk of other families going through the same devastating experience.”
Jackie hoped that the five kilometre walk or run and a 10km run around the Stawell town would encourage people to improve their heart health as they trained for the event.
“We’ll also use the funds from entry fees and sponsorship to create information packs about heart health and the early warnings of heart attack to be sent to all households in the region,” she said.
“This will be developed in partnership with local health experts.”
Stawell’s Sheree Crawford has already signed up for the Wimmera Heart Challenge. Her dad Leo, who is now in good health, had three heart attacks in 2010 aged 65.

  • Get the full story in the March 29, 2012 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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Posted on Mar 28 2012

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