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I Think Red because...

While HIV/AIDS and cancer remain prominent on South Africans' awareness radar, most people give little thought to the world's number one killer: cardiovascular disease (CVD).

In an effort to show that no-one is immune, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSFSA), together with Unilever Health, has launched a new, hard-hitting awareness campaign called ‘Think Red’. Seven celebrities - Mark Pilgrim, Robert Mawara, Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon, Michael Mol, Uyanda Mbuli, Kerishnie Naicker and Liezel van der Westhuizen - are lending their support to the campaign by talking about how they have personally been affected by CVD, whether directly or indirectly. Read More

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Special Message from Robert Marawa

In November 2008, I nearly died. I was coming out of the gym. I hadn't been for a while and I obviously pushed myself too hard. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my chest. I just put it off to the workout, but the pain continued to a level that I had never felt before. Something was terribly wrong and I got myself to a hospital quickly. Within a few minutes I had a doctor telling me he needed to operate "right now" - It was a heart attack. It's scary to quantify your life to the minute, but I was 23 minutes away from death. My family had no history of heart disease. I just hadn't looked after myself or checked my cholesterol. I was lucky. You might not be. Don't leave it to chance. Do something different in your life. Think about your heart. Think Red. I Think Red because I nearly died.

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