Listen to your heart this month

Cayman Heart Fund is red for February

Heart Hero Robert Hamaty and Suzy Soto.

If you are wondering why people are wearing a bit more red this month, it isn’t just for Valentine’s Day.

February is Heart Month; not just in Cayman, but internationally. This is the time to listen to your heart, watch your health and take care of yourself.

The Cayman Heart Fund is a charitable organisation that has been monitoring the heartbeats of the islands since it was founded in 2007 by Suzy Soto. Every year, it holds fundraising events that are fun and informative, from galas to award lunches and now the Heart Heroes Brunch, happening at Pappagallo Restaurant on Sunday from 11:30am-3pm.

The subject may be a serious one, but that doesn’t mean the event is. In fact, the CHF prides itself on showing everyone a good time whilst highlighting its Heart Heroes – people who have survived cardiac problems and who share their stories to raise awareness. There will be a video presentation at the brunch showcasing each person’s brave journey – a true message of hope and gratitude.

As in past years, music plays a central role at the fundraiser. This time, attendees are encouraged to dress in costume to fit the theme ‘Music Through the Ages’. This gives them a lot of options, as they can dress as their favourite musical artist or in an outfit from a particular genre. Think: flapper dresses or MC Hammer pants.

There is a method to the madness, as a costume competition is on the agenda and if you are sporting the best look, you could win a prize. There will also be a raffle so bring your dollars to support the cause.

Cayman Heart Fund
The CHF started in a unique way. Soto, who had a pacemaker implanted in 2001, saw the need for such an organisation and decided to turn her birthday party at the Cracked Conch in 2007 into a fundraising event. Instead of gifts, she requested cheques from attendees. Dr. Shirley Cridland and Dr. Sook Yin subsequently joined the inaugural board of directors and the rest, as they say, is history.
The CHF is a non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the reduction of heart and circulatory disease in the Cayman Islands. Heart and circulatory disease, known as cardiovascular disease, is the number one health problem in the Cayman Islands.
The CHF aims to help prevent and reduce the early deaths, long-term disabilities and widespread suffering that heart and circulatory diseases cause our people.

| For more information about the Cayman Heart Fund and events, visit www.caymanheartfund.com. Tickets for the Heart Heroes Brunch are $150 per person.