Peter’s charitable heart
When Murray Gardens resident Peter Ainsworth began fundraising for the Heart Foundation three years ago, he couldn’t have known how personal the issue of cardiovascular health would become.
A year after he started, a sudden heart attack saw him flown to a Melbourne hospital by air ambulance – an episode that drives him to continue collecting more than ever.
“I certainly reaped the rewards of the great work the medical staff do,” Peter said.
“What they can do with medical equipment these days is incredible, and a lot of it is achieved by people giving money.”
Since his heart attack, Peter has raised over $3000 for the Heart Foundation by door-knocking and collecting from generous Murray Gardens residents.
“I love going around, chatting to people and collecting the money,” he said.
“This year we’re also having an afternoon tea to fundraise.”
Murray Gardens Co-Manager Anne Jack said Peter’s efforts and the generosity of residents are typical of the community spirit at the village.
“Peter’s personal drive to raise money and residents’ generosity have always been wonderful,” she said.
The Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal runs through September, with fundraisers across the country collecting for lifesaving heart research, education and ongoing support.
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