Joyce’s Supermarkets has announced it is teaming up Croí, a registered charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, in support of its work in the West of Ireland.
The partnership and in-store fundraiser kicked off last week on World Heart Day and will be running until World Stroke Day on the 29 October.
Customers will be able to donate directly via bucket donations at till points.
In addition to this, information posters containing key information about Croí’s dedicated heart and stroke helpline, Heartlink West, will be displayed in ten Joyce’s stores across Co.Galway, which will also include a QR code for customers to donate online.
Aisling Joyce, director of Operations for Joyce’s Supermarkets, said, “Joyce’s Supermarkets is proud to partner with Croí for the coming weeks to support their work and to raise awareness amongst our customer base of the Heartlink West online service, a vital service for people in the West of Ireland."
"Over the coming weeks, our customers will be able to support Croí by donating in store and to learn more about its work in the region through our digital platforms,” she said.
Croí’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing.
In 2020, the charity launched Heartlink West, a free support service for people living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. The service was launched following an increase in support requests as a result of the pandemic.
Through Heartlink West, the Croí Health Team offer weekly virtual chats on a range of topics with expert presenters.
Christine Flanagan, director of Fundraising for Croí, said, “Throughout the pandemic, our Heartlink West support service has been a lifeline for people living with, or affected by, heart disease or stoke in the West of Ireland."
There are many different heart conditions or heart problems in today’s world that collectively fall under heart disease.
15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year with nearly six million dying and another five million left permanently disabled.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years old.