Those Bulldogs of Agnew H. Johnston Public School will be jumping on Thursday, April 13 as they kick off the 35th Anniversary of the Heart and Stroke Jump Rope for Heart. The theme for this special year of Jump Rope for Heart is “Jumping Through the Decades.”
“We here at Heart and Stroke Thunder Bay are committed to raising more than ever to fund research so desperately needed to change the sad statistic of losing one Canadian every seven minutes to heart disease and stroke,” says Melody Lavallee, Heart and Stroke Area Coordinator. “By fundraising for research and promoting awareness of one’s risk factors we hope to reduce the death rate by 25 percent by 2020.”
On Thursday April 13th at 11:30 a.m., Melody Lavallee, Heart and Stroke Area Coordinator, along with heart survivor Elizabeth Faiers, her mother Melissa and her siblings, will be attending a kick off assembly at Agnew H. Johnston Public School to officially start their fundraising. The kick off assembly will conclude with the children up and moving as “Jumping Through the Decades.” Fundraising will conclude the week of May 1st, followed with the school’s jump event later in June.
Agnew H. Johnston Public School has proudly been jumping for Heart and Stroke for the past 15 years. Agnew students and staff raised $14,549 last year and have set a goal of $15,500 for this year. If the Agnew students reach that goal in June, Principal Maureen Abbot has committed to kissing a real bulldog pet, once for every thousand dollars raised!