Runners show real heart

August 12th 2012 saw ten staff members from Appco Group Australia’s head office take part in The Sun-Herald City2Surf 14km run in aid of one of their charity partners, The Heart Research Institute (HRI).

For over 20 years HRI has been one of Australia’s leading research organisations working to detect, prevent and treat heart disease. Through their research, the HRI have made significant findings that have changed the way we live with and treat Australia’s number one killer – heart disease.

The grueling 14km run took the participants around Sydney, finishing at Australia’s beautiful, Bondi Beach.

Joanne Murray, Juanita Pappalardo and Ernest Kim were amongst the runners from the Appco Group and the first three across the finish line.

Mr Kim said of the event “It was a privilege to run in the City2Surf on behalf of The Heart Research Institute to raise much-needed funds to support the Institute. It was my second time running the 14km City2Surf, and it certainly was a lot tougher than last year with the cold winds! But I did beat my last year’s time by about two minutes, and it was great to see over 85,000 Australians running for their respective charities.”

Following the event, HRI’s National Fundraising Director, Maggie Johns said,“Thank you so much to our Hero of the Heart Runners from the Appco Team for their wonderful contribution to The Heart Research Institute. The day was unfortunately wet and windy, a miserable bitter August day, but they rallied on and raised an incredible $1,800 for heart research and for this we are absolutely thrilled and wish to congratulate them on their achievement.”

Ms Johns continued, “the funds raised will go towards the current research on the worldwide epidemic known as Metabolic Syndrome – a condition that sadly is reversing the previous decline in heart disease. Metabolic Syndrome occurs with greater frequency in people who are overweight and it’s now estimated that more than 20% of Australians have the condition.  Alarmingly, it’s appearing more often in young Australians – even children – which raises the chances of developing diabetes.  With the growing amount of obesity, leading to heart disease and diabetes in our community we aim towards helping people build a HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE for themselves and their families by encouraging them to get out and get active and become Heroes of the Heart.”

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