THE MightyMite Sydney Kings will help raise awareness for heart disease at this Saturday’s game against New Zealand by making it a beneficiary game on behalf of the Heart Foundation.
“The Heart Foundation is tremendously grateful for the Sydney Kings and their players for the time they spend on helping promote to the community the importance of heart health,” said Kerry Doyle, CEO of Heart Foundation NSW.
The Kings have been a supporter of the Heart Foundation for three years now, helping with fundraising events and raising awareness of the number one cause of death in Australia – heart disease.
Kings Co-Captain and Heart Foundation ambassador James Harvey believes it is natural fit between the Kings and Heart Foundation. “We both have common goals of promoting activity and healthy lifestyles within the community, especially in schools and the younger generation,” said Harvey.
“The vital work we do wouldn’t be possible without the support of community partners like the Kings,” said Doyle. “We are so lucky to have James Harvey as a Heart Foundation Ambassador who is dedicated to promoting our cause in the community.”
As a Heart Foundation ambassador, Harvey has been relishing the opportunity of being able to connect with the community while promoting a positive message at the same time.
“It’s something that I’m pretty passionate about, and something we as an organisation are passionate about,” said Harvey. “Being active while eating healthy, from a young age, has definitely had an impact on where I’m at today and why I’m able to perform as an athlete.”
Harvey, along with his teammates, are involved throughout the season with all major Heart Foundation fund raising activities and community events including the Jump Rope For Heart program.
The highest and most successful Heart Foundation fundraising drive was achieved with the support of the Sydney Kings during last year’s Jump Rope for Heart program, where St Therese’s school in Mascot raised over $18,500 – including an astonishing contribution of $5000 raised by year one student Katerina Dimitrakopoulos.
“The Sydney Kings are fantastic role models as they lead active, healthy lifestyles, and are committed to improving the health of Australians,” said Doyle.
Along with the Jump Rope for Heart Program, the Kings and Heart Foundation together have achieved a tremendous amount of success through community-driven initiatives over the past three years.