The Heart Month campaign in Estevan is now underway.
A launch was held on January 30 at the Estevan Public Library. Local campaign coordinator Tamara Bloor distributed campaign kits to canvassers, and answered their questions.
Bloor said they have a sufficient number of volunteers for the campaign this year.
“Up until today (January 30), I was about six (volunteers) short of our goal, but I was in touch with the Estevan Bruins, and the Bruins have committed 12 players to walk six routes, so they got me to the goal,” said Bloor.
There are 50 canvassers in Estevan. Bloor said they'll circulate the community this month to collect funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Canvassers can be identified by their Heart Month kits and badges.
The average time commitment for a door-to-door canvasser will be four or five hours, she said.
A few of the canvassers are fundraising on-line, while a few more have taken both the on-line and door-to-door routes.
“We welcome more on-line canvassers to sign up,” said Bloor.
Four businesses have also signed up to sell paper hearts: Pharmasave, Jenny Joans, Livefree Activewear and Soul Hideout. Customers can purchase a paper heart and write their name on it.
This is the first year that Bloor is coordinating the local Heart Month campaign, and she has enjoyed the experience. There have been challenges, she said, but there is a good team of volunteers, and she knows that Estevan is a generous community.
“I know from looking at the names (of volunteers), we have a couple of survivors this year, so I'm glad to see that,” said Bloor. “People understand, after having gone through a heart attack or a stroke, the importance of supporting the foundation and making sure that other people are aware of what we're doing in trying to prevent heart disease and stroke.”
The Heart Month campaign has raised about $10,000 in the Estevan area each year.