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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
See more Special Messages from our celebrities:
- Robert Marawa
- Michael Mol
- Liezel van der Westhuizen
- Uyanda Mbuli
- Kerishnie Naicker
- Mark Pilgrim
- Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon
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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