(CNS Local Life): Ailian and Sean Evans, parents of baby Nolan Rory Evans, recently organised two fundraising events in honour of their son, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from congenital heart defect (CHD). Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School ran a bake sale and St Ignatius Catholic School held a dress-down day to raise both funds for and awareness of CHD.
Bernadette Devlin, head of Years 7-11 at St Ignatius, organised a dress-down day and student assembly which took place at the school’s Loyola Hall. Cayman Heart Fund (CHF) director Dr Christine Chen spoke to the students about the importance of the Hart for Hearts programme and the fund’s mission to raise awareness about CHD and cardiovascular disease in the Cayman Islands, stated a CHF press release.
Proceeds raised will benefit Hart for Hearts, the paediatric arm of the Cayman Heart Fund, which helps promote public awareness and provides financial assistance to families in Cayman when their child is born with a congenital heart defect, said the press release.
Devlin said of the event at her school: “It was a pleasure for us to be able to support such worthy causes. Having the presenters come to school to talk to the children and explain where the money will be used really raised their awareness and motivated them to contribute.”
At Little Trotters, manager Lesley Maddack said, “The importance of raising awareness and teaching empathy to children cannot be measured. We feel honoured to be asked to participate in fundraisers such as Hart for Hearts, and hope that we can help to make a difference.”
The coordinator for the Cayman Heart Fund, Colleen Mellott, added, “the student’s efforts are greatly appreciated, which allows us to raise awareness of the problems families in Cayman face when their child is born with congenital heart defect”.
Ailian and Sean Evans thanked both schools for their gestures and generous support.
For more information about the Cayman Heart Fund and Hart for Hearts call 916-6324 or email CHF