ON Saturday, July 15, nearly 300 South Australians dressed in red will get together in Botanic Park in Adelaide to recreate Kate Bush’s iconic music video for Wuthering Heights in the name of charity as part of International Wuthering Heights Day.
In 2016, the event attracted over 200 South Australians and raised $1,623.30 for the Heart Foundation.
Adelaide event organisers, Lee-Anne Bennett and Felicity McClure, hope the event will this year not only be a celebration of this iconic video but will increase awareness of heart disease in women and raise vital funds for the Heart Foundation.
The duo chose the Heart Foundation as the charity is close to their hearts with each having their own personal connection. For a donation to the Heart Foundation, members of the public can join the event by wearing red dresses, red stockings and a black belt.
“Felicity’s mother had just turned 60 and welcomed her granddaughter to the world when she had a heart attack. There were no known risk factors and she was otherwise fit and healthy, so a heart attack was the last thing we expected to happen to her,” Lee-Ann said.
“If she had seen her GP for a Heart Health Check, things may have been different so I hope that not only will the event be fun for participants, but will encourage women to see their GP for a Heart Health Check to find out if they are at risk,” Lee-Ann added.
Heart Foundation South Australia Director of Business Development, Mr Scott Mosen said: “We hope South Australians once again join Lee-Ann and her team, as well as our very own Heart Foundation mascot, and join this fun event!”
“We would like to thank everyone who is taking part in the event and of course for their valuable support of the Heart Foundation.
“Sadly, with heart disease claiming over 20,000 Australian lives each year, too many of us like Felicity, understand the heart break of losing a loved one,” Mr Mosen said.
For more than 50 years, the Heart Foundation has been dedicated to saving lives by making a difference to the heart health of all Australians. Donations from the community help us to fund vital research, develop guidelines for health professionals, support patient care and help Australians to live healthier lifestyles.
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.