Heart of the matter

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 17-Aug-2012

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FAMILY VALUES: Corey and Natasha Prendergast with their children Maximus and Vivienne.
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BENDIGO businesses are coming together later this month to show support and raise money for HeartKids.

HeartKids is an organisation that provides support for families with a  Heart Child (congenital or acquired) and provides research grants and  builds awareness in communities.

Bendigo HeartKids co-ordinator and Heart Child mother Natasha Prendergast knows first hand the importance of this group.

“With some very special HeartKids in Bendigo, like Jacob who is 10 and has had a heart transplant and little Thomasina who is only six months old and  about to undergo her second open heart surgery, I thought it was about time to celebrate these amazing children and to create some much needed awareness of what is happening in our own community,” she said.

“In August and September HeartKids Australia has its annual  Cuppa for HeartKids day where we encourage families, friends and groups to  have a morning tea to raise funds.”

Natasha has decided to take it up a notch this year and get the community involved.

Businesses signed on so far include Red Rooster, Pristine Dry cleaners, The Premix  King, Bendigo Corner Store, Wholesome Bean, The Golden Bean, Ray White Real Estate, O’FRM Lawyers, Strategem Financial Group and Girton Grammar.

 “This will mark the first of its kind for the area and will hopefully become a much loved yearly event,” Natasha said.

On Friday, August 31 the businesses will either hold events or specials to raise money and awareness.

“There is a saying in HeartKids: don’t look at my scars and feel sorry for me, look at my scars and see what I have achieved.

“Let’s help these kids and families achieve,” Natasha said.

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