RFG raises $1 million for HeartKids

Hope has come early this Christmas with Australia’s leading multi-food franchise operator, Retail Food Group (“RFG”), capping off a successful year by raising $1 million for HeartKids, a national charity that supports children with Childhood Heart Disease (CHD).

Through fundraising activities held at Donut King, Brumby’s Bakeries, Michel’s Patisserie, bb’s café and Esquires and Big Dad’s Pies RFG has raised more than $1 million the past 2 1/2 years for HeartKids.

RFG Corporate Communications Manager Sarah Broad said the Company and its franchisees were thrilled to reach the huge fundraising milestone for HeartKids.

“Supporting our community is a huge part of our brands’ values so were are excited to reach such a significant milestone in our HeartKids fundraising initiative,” Sarah said.

“We are a proud principal partner of HeartKids and our fundraising ensures they can continue to provide support, encouragement and hope to families of children with Childhood Heart Disease, while raising awareness of this chronic condition.

“Our donations have also allowed HeartKids to fund further research projects into the causes, treatment and management of this devastating disease that affects 6 newborn babies every day and 32,000 Australian children under the age of 18.

The money raised has enabled HeartKids to increase the practical and emotional support provided to families all over Australia, both in and out of hospital, like the Zach who was born with Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome.

His mother Adena Foster said the support of corporate partners like RFG meant there was hope at the end of  slow and bumpy journey.

“Zach’s story was one of many highs and lows but the support HeartKids provides us was nothing short of outstanding. They were there after every operation to provide emotional support and assistance when it counted,” Adena said.

“Through the generous donations from corporate partners like RFG, HeartKids can continue to provide much needed support and also raise awareness of Childhood Heart Disease.”

HeartKids Australia CEO Jann Kingston said the $1 million ensures more children and their families were able to be supported during difficult times.

“We are very thankful for the fundraising initiatives RFG undertake for HeartKids. $1 million is an impressive milestone to reach and enables us to continue our vital support services, research and awareness into Childhood Heart Disease,” Ms Kingston said.

HeartKids Australia is a not for profit organisation that is focussed on improving the lives of children with Childhood Heart Disease and their families. HeartKids works to raise awareness, provide support, advocate for the needs of children with Childhood Heart Disease and their families and fund research.