A long table lunch on the lawn will feature at this year’s Heart Health Day at the Meandarra home of Scott and Ann-Maree Attwooll at 11am Friday 5 October. Every dollar raised on the day will go towards supporting Heart of Australia ensuring ongoing cardiac care in rural and remote Queensland. Sponsors for the event include Fairholme College, The Southport School, Toowoomba Grammar School, NAB Agribusiness, AG Stop, Landmark, Liberty Rural Fuel, Black ToyotaThompson Longhorn, KB Agri Services, Clipex and Barry and Nilsson.

The inaugural Heart Health Day in December 2016 was held in memory of Meandarra local Mr Graham Bridle who died from an undiagnosed cardiac illness. With the generosity of those in attendance and sponsorship support, that day raised more than $50,000 to Heart of Australia. These funds helped to ensure The Heart Truck’s continued viability in rural communities of Queensland. Marita Ramia from Fairholme College, one of the sponsors of the event, said of her meeting with local cardiologist Dr Gomes, “I remember chuckling to myself as this well-known cardiologist ordered a strawberry milkshake and a bowl of wedges,” said Marita. “The giggles were quickly curtailed as he went on to tell me about his latest trip to Winton and Longreach, and the difference he’d made to three lives in the 24 hours the truck was stopped there. Supporting the Heart of Australia in Meandarra is Fairholmes’ way of investing back into the many communities our boarders come from, ensuring we are giving back to the people who invest in us.”

Heart of Australia delivers fortnightly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland, including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Roma, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah. It has seen more than 5000 patients over the past three years and has saved more than 250 lives to date.

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