Croí, the Galway based Heart & Stroke charity, supported over 15,000 people in it’s fifth year of services.
Croí’s annual report for 2017 shows that last year 15,700 people engaged with the charity in its various health, training, and education programmes.
Helping to make it easier for people to look after their health, 17,550 visits were made to the Heart & Stroke Centre in Newcastle.
While a firther 3,000 people made use of free blood pressure and pulse checks, and risk factor screening for heart disease and stroke.
Chairman of Croí Kevin O’Reilly said that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death and disability in the world.
“Given that up to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, our work at Croí aims to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke in our community.”
Croí is almost entirely funded by voluntary donations, and to support this great service, over 57,000 people took part in fundraising event and campaigns last year.
Events like the Croí Night Run, the annual Tour de Lough Corrib cycle, and the Golden Raffle helped the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Over 10,000 members of local communities worked with 1,000 volunteers to organise these important events.
CEO of Croí Neil Johnson said “We rely totally on the goodwill and generosity of individuals and organisations who value what we do.”
“We never take this support for granted and we constantly aim to demonstrate measurable impact.”