Big Heart Day

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Are you supporting the Heart Foundation's Big Heart Appeal by holding a Big Heart Day in February 2020? If so, here is some useful information. 

A Big Heart Day is a fun day when children, whānau and staff come together in support ofthe fight against heart disease. We learn about what it means to have a healthy heart for life, while raising funds to support life-saving heart research.

How to get involved

There are so many fun ways to hold your own Big Heart Day fundraiser.

Your centre could:

    • have a ‘wear red’ day
    • organise a heart-healthy morning tea
    • have an ‘active day’ with wheelbarrow races, obstacle courses or a dance party
    • make a healthy food heart collage from pictures of food to take home.

Already taking part in the Healthy Heart Award?

If you’re currently participating in the Healthy Heart Award you can get parents and whānau involved in the fun activities and then use your Big Heart Day towards the collaboration strand of your award.

This is a great way to kickstart the new year with a heart healthy start and the kids will have lots of fun too!

Win a visit from Hearty

By having a Big Heart Day your centre could win a visit from Hearty!

All you need to do is:

      • send pictures of your Big Heart Day to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      • include the name of your centre and the date of your Big Heart Day
      • let us know the category you're entering from the list below.

We’re looking for winners in these categories.

      • Best whole centre engagement.
      • Healthiest kai.
      • Most active day.
      • Most creative learning experiences.

Winners will be announced by 12 April 2020.

Big Heart Day donations

Any donations collected for life saving heart research can be deposited into the Heart Foundation BNZ account:


Please use your ELS name and  Ministry of Education number as a reference.

Thank you for your support, we're grateful for the lifesaving funds that these events provide. Good luck! We hope you get a visit from Hearty soon.