Go Red for Women this February

By June Shannon Heart News   |   21st Jan 2020

The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on the public to Go Red this February and show their support for the women they love

The Irish Heart Foundation has today (Tuesday, 21st January 2020) launched its Go Red for Women national fundraising campaign which aims to empower Irish women to look after their heart health while also raising vital funds.

The campaign was launched by two women who live with heart conditions and are ambassadors for the campaign; Karen Ward from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, and Lizzy Honan from Dublin, as well as Today FM radio presenter Ed Smith, who suffered a heart attack last year.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Ireland and women are almost six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer. However, 80 per cent of premature death from cardiovascular disease is preventable.

By Going Red for Women this February , members of the public can support the Irish Heart Foundation’s work in communities across Ireland, raising awareness of and helping to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Women are almost six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.


Lizzy Honan from Dublin was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy, a very rare form of heart failure, shortly after giving birth to twins in 2016.

Speaking at the launch, Lizzy said, “I was told at the time of my diagnosis not to have any more children. I was also told you might get better or you might not, you might need a heart transplant, you might get to a certain level and not get any better or you might continue to recover. That was a lot to get your head around particularly as a brand-new mum to twins.”

Karen Ward from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan had open-heart surgery last November because of a congenital heart condition. She spoke at the launch about her experience of living with a visible scar as a result of her heart operation.

“It is very visible; I don’t hide it. I have had a few funny comments about it. I overheard someone say I had to wear a necklace to cover it and one man told me, “You are a good-looking girl it shouldn’t take away from you”. For me it is important to show it off, it doesn’t bother me one little bit. In fact, I am very proud of my scar. It is because of my scar that I am still here,” Karen said.

“This February we are calling on the public to show their support for the women they love by Going Red for Women,"

Judith Gilsenan, Commercial Director, The Irish Heart Foundation

Speaking at the launch, Judith Gilsenan, Commercial Director of the Irish Heart Foundation said, “Our Go Red for Women campaign is championed by five women from around Ireland, each of whom has been affected by cardiovascular disease: from heart attack to open-heart surgery and from heart failure to Long QT Syndrome. Through their stories and support from the public, we can continue to empower women to live longer, healthier lives.

“This February we are calling on the public to show their support for the women they love by Going Red for Women. There are lots of ways to get involved – hold a walk in your local community or a coffee morning at home or work or try your hand at volunteering at our national bag pack collection.”

Each year, almost 9,000 people in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke, leaving behind devastated families and communities.

Please support the Go Red for Women campaign today by organising a red event in February, volunteering on February 14th or donating to the Irish Heart Foundation.

For more information and to sign up please see here.


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