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Big Red Celebration at Akoteu Kato Kakala Early Learning Service

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A whole centre approach for Big Heart Day!

Akoteu Kato Kalala Early Learning Service put on a whole centre celebration to fundraise and raise awareness about heart disease for the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Day.

The children and teachers were joined by members of the community on February 15th for this special celebration. During the celebration Pacific Heartbeat team members shared information about making healthy choices as well as getting the whole centre involved in an energising Zumba session!

Dr Esther Fonua, Plunket nurse Loketi Hausia, and Litiuingi 'Ahio from AUT, who are all part of the Akoteu kāinga, also came along and shared their tips and knowledge on keeping heart healthy and engaged the centre in talanoa (conversation) about keeping well and active.

The children enjoyed some yummy, healthy kai with the centre’s team and guests. The centre raised an impressive $202 for the Heart Foundation and won "Most Creative Learning Experience" for Big Heart Day and have won a visit from Hearty our mascot.

Nicky Williams Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Award Programme Advisor says “Akoteu Kato Kalala Early Learning Service has gone above and beyond promoting heart healthy messages. The way the whole centre got involved as well as inviting members of the wider community along to spread the word, is fantastic and so collaborative.”

Akoteu centre manager Jeanne Teisina says “It definitely takes a village to raise a child. Keeping our hearts’ healthy is a collective process that we aspire to continue, not only to preach about but embed it into our everyday practices here and at home with our whānau.”

In February the Heart Foundation holds its Big Heart Appeal to help raise awareness about heart health and fundraise for its work. To join with the Heart Foundation, early learning services around the country hold Big Heart Days, and come together with their children, staff and whānau to celebrate what it means to look after your heart.