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HeartKids and Drakes Supermarkets launch Scholarship Program to support children with congenital heart disease.
South Australia supermarket giants, Drakes, have partnered with HeartKids to launch a scholarship program to support children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) in South Australia and Queensland.
The HeartKids and Drakes Supermarket Scholarship Program will work to further develop the skills or talents of children allowing them to achieve their full potential and follow their life aspirations.
Over 3000 babies are born with a congenital heart to defect each year, across Australia. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth abnormality, affecting 1 in every 100 babies and is a leading cause of infant death in Australia. There is no known cure. Thanks to medical advances there are now over 45,000 adults who have lived with a heart condition since childhood.
HeartKids SA State Manager, Tania Potts says “The HeartKids and Drakes Supermarkets Scholarship Program will provide the opportunity for children and teens with a congenital heart defect, who have been disadvantaged by long periods of hospitalisation, multiple surgeries or the ongoing effects of their heart defect, to pursue their passions and fulfil their potential.
“We are honoured to partner with Drakes Supermarkets. The partnership between HeartKids and Drakes Supermarkets has raised over $500,000, in just four years, helping thousands of local families affected by Congenital Heart Disease, across South Australia and Queensland.”
Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 (up to an annual total of $40,000) in the skills areas of the Arts, Sport, Education, Science and/or Business with applications accepted for children between the ages of 10 to 24 who have experienced congenital or childhood acquired heart disease across South Australia and Queensland.
Drakes Supermarkets Director John-Paul Drake says “We are committed to helping Australian children, teens and adults affected by CHD to live the most fulfilling life possible. HeartKids has supported many Drakes Team members and their families through tough times, and for that, we are extremely grateful.
“These scholarships are a way for us to give back and allow for these individuals to follow their life aspirations.”
Scholarship recipients will be announced late July 2022. For more information, visit the website.