Show heart and donate to Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal Doorknock

THORNLIE and Canning Vale are two of the leading suburbs in the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal Doorknock.

The foundation is mid-way through the doorknock, and Thornlie has had 177 people volunteer so far, which is the most in the state and fifth most in the country.

Canning Vale ranked 15th on the list with 151 volunteers.

One of the 151 Canning Vale residents who is taking part in the appeal is Phyll Lightbody.

The 54-year-old had a heart incident in 2006 when she had to call an ambulance while at work.

She was sent to hospital after her heart rate went up to more than 170 beats a minute.

Ms Lightbody recommends to anyone who is unsure if they are having a heart issue to seek help.

“Don’t just say I’ll be right,” she said.

“If you have a concern, go and get it checked out.”

She has been door-knocking for the appeal for five years now.

“The reason I started doing it was because I thought that would be something good to raise awareness,” she said.

“I have also been giving blood since I was 18. I try to do it every quarter.”

Organisers are hoping for a similar response to this month’s annual appeal that will see more than 100,000 volunteers collecting towards the charity’s $5 million target.

The top area for collections last year in WA was Willetton, which raised $8412. It ranked sixth in the nation.

Port Macquarie in NSW topped the nation’s door-knock donors last year with $15,517, ahead of Buderim in Queensland with $11,098.

To donate, call 1800 55 22 55 or visit www.heartfoundation .org.au/bigheart

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided.