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Friday, 5th May 2017

Grab an Orla Kiely original for just €3


Orla Kiely fans, and there’s a lot of them about this parish, will be delighted to hear that  their favourite designer has come up with a unique pin for this year’s 27th Happy Heart Appeal, taking place next Friday, May 12.

For more than 50 years, Irish Heart has been fighting heart disease and stroke and empowering the people of Ireland to live longer, happier lives.

The Happy Heart Appeal – Irish Heart’s biggest annual fundraising campaign- has always centred around the iconic Happy Heart pin and to celebrate its 27th year, this year’s pin has been created by contemporary Irish designer, Orla Kiely.

“I am thrilled to have partnered with Irish Heart for this year’s Happy Heart Appeal and help highlight the vital services and training they provide for people in Ireland,” said Ms Kiely.

Central to the mission of Irish Heart is to help save more lives from cardiac arrest through CPR training.

  • 5,000 lives are lost every year in Ireland to sudden cardiac arrest
  • That’s 13 lives lost every day
  • Starting CPR can double if not triple a person’s chance of survival
  • In the event of a collapse from cardiac arrest, every minute is vital
  • Without CPR or defibrillation, the chance of survival falls by up to 10 percent a minute
  • After just 5 minutes, that person may only have a 50 percent chance of survival

Cardiac arrest could happen to someone at work, in your community, or at home so it’s essential to know exactly what to do, and be confident in doing it, according to Irish Heart.

Kate O’Reilly, ‎National Campaigns Manager at Irish Heart said: “This year’s Happy Heart Appeal target is €500,000 – a 40% increase on last year – and these vital funds ensure that we can continue to provide essential CPR training to every community in Ireland.  If a loved one or someone you know goes into a sudden cardiac arrest, you are their main chance of survival. Not a passer-by. You and your hands. Now more than ever, we need more people to learn CPR and save more lives.”

The beautiful Orla Kiely designed Happy Hearts Appeal pin will be on sale for €3 in all Bank of Ireland venues around the country, Kilkenny Shops, Daybreak Stores and from Happy Heart volunteers on streets and in shopping centres across Ireland on Friday, May 12th 2017.

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