The Sydney Opera House will be among a swag of iconic Australian landmarks to light up red tonight in support of the Heart Foundation’s annual fundraising challenge, Give with Heart, which launches tomorrow.
The Opera House’s trademark white sails will turn red – the Heart Foundation’s signature colour – along with other recognisable Australian landmarks across the country including Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge; Brisbane’s City Hall; Perth’s Optus Stadium; Canberra’s Old Parliament House; Darwin’s Parliament House; Launceston’s Town Hall; and the Adelaide Oval in the South Australian Capital.
Other notable sites set to blush red include Melbourne’s AAMI Park Stadium; the Gateway Bridge, Queensland Parliament House and Story Bridge in Brisbane; Adelaide’s Town Hall and Footbridge; and Canberra’s National Carillion and Telstra Tower.
The fourth annual Give With Heart Day aims to raise $1.5 million to help fund life-saving heart research.
Heart Foundation interim Group CEO Professor Garry Jennings said the vibrant illuminations around the nation represented an ‘incredible show of support’ against fighting heart disease, which claimed the lives of 50 Australians every day.
“We are thankful and humbled that the states and territories have come together in this way, lighting up their treasured landmarks in a show of united support for the Heart Foundation on the eve of Give with Heart Day,” he said.
“Give with Heart Day has grown from a small telephone drive involving only Heart Foundation staff, into one of the most important events on the national fundraising calendar.
“Year-on-year, more and more Australians have been getting behind us and donating on this important day. The Heart Foundation is Australia’s largest non-government funder of research to improve heart disease prevention diagnosis and support, and we rely almost entirely on donations from hardworking Australians to continue this work.”
Australian residents living in cities currently in lockdown are reminded not to leave their home to view the illuminations but to enjoy the experience via photos and videos which will be posted on the Heart Foundation’s social media channels.
To donate, visit www.givewithheartday.com.au