Pictured above: Sarah Burke (Croi) and her mom Bernadine.
Local heart and stroke charity Croí are calling on Moms & Daughters to take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon on June 5th to help raise much needed funds towards the fight against heart disease and stroke in Women.
“Nearly every Irish family have been affected in some way or another by cardiovascular disease – I lost my nana in 2014 from stroke related illness, so I’ll be participating in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon with Team Croí in memory of her. By participating in this event in aid of Croí, you’re not just raising money to help fight heart disease and stroke, you’re raising awareness of the prevalence of heart disease and stroke in women, and ultimately you’re helping Croí save lives.” says Sarah Burke, Fundraising Executive at Croí.
Once considered ‘a man’s disease’; the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke are now virtually the same for women as men. ‘Croí Women at Heart’ is a campaign by the heart & stroke charity to educate and empower women to make their heart health a priority. Today in Ireland, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, with women 7 times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke than breast cancer. However, nearly 90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, which means with awareness, education and empowerment, we can save lives.
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest women’s only event in the world, with over 42,000 people talking part every year. Closing date to register for the event is Friday 28th April – So, go and grab your mom, daughter, sister, aunt, granny or best friend to join Team Croí to walk, run or jog this 10km event together and help fight heart disease and stroke.