Show Your Heart Day will be held this Valentine’s Day, February 14, to raise awareness of the tens of thousands affected by congenital heart disease.
Eight babies are born with the disease each day and four lives are lost per week.
HeartKids provides lifelong support to people affected by the disease.
This includes hospital and community support services and help for families with financial and emotional needs.
Funds raised from Show Your Heart Day will go towards expanding these services.
Former Esperance local Charlotte Meredith, who is living with the disease, was selected as one of two 2018 little Telethon stars.
Charlotte’s mother Taryn Meredith urged people to dig deep in support of the cause
“We discovered Charlotte had congenital heart disease during the 27th week of my pregnancy,” Mrs Meredith said.
“So HeartKids have been there since before Charlotte was born.
“We lived regionally and had to come to Perth four weeks prior to the birth and HeartKids were there.
“They provide a person to speak to, ask questions or just a shoulder to cry on.
“HeartKids would provide someone to sit with Charlotte to give us a break, bring us coffee, and provide ongoing support for when we have appointments.
“They also helped connect us with other HeartKids families by organising special events like family camp. It’s a great chance to catch up with people who are going through similar struggles.”
HeartKids hopes to raise $650,000 to expand its specialised family support services this Show Your Heart Day.
“People should support HeartKids because they support us in our times of need,” Mrs Meredith said.
“We are so thankful for everything they have done for us, not just for the kids, but for the entire family.”
To make a donation or for more information visit www.heartkids.org.au/showyourheart.