Kathy Ahwan’s son Tim passed away suddenly in September 2014. Tim was young and healthy with no history of heart disease. He left behind his partner and two young sons.
Tim’s death was attributed to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopothy which is a disease of the heart muscle that affects the ability of the heart to pump an adequate supply of blood around the body. It can strike down people in their prime, with no warning.
After an incredibly difficult year, Kathy (pictured above), and Tim’s partner Shalanda ran a family fun-day to commemorate his life at the local rugby club, in aid of HRI. Tim had been a regular supporter of the Heart Research Institute through his business so it was fitting that his mother decided to continue this support. Kathy also mentioned what she was planning to her employer, Zorich Group.
Zorich Group is a proudly family owned and run sports retail business – parent company of the popular South Australian Sportspower, JT Surf and Rivalry Urbanwear. Zorich Group is passionate about serving the local community, both through their business and by supporting causes close to the hearts of their customers and staff.
That’s why they developed the ‘charity bag’ scheme where customers are given the chance to buy a $1 “Zorich Group Charity Bag” to carry their purchases home. The full $1 is donated charity. Zorich Group’s frontline retail staff are very supportive of the scheme and talk to customers about the causes, which in turn raises vital awareness of the chosen charity.
Kathy’s family tragedy shocked everyone at Zorich Group and the business was keen to help. They agreed to support Kathy by adopting the HRI as their charity of choice for the charity bag scheme for September – to coincide with the anniversary of Tim’s death, and World Heart Day. The result was a phenomenal (and very large) cheque for $8,500.00 for the Heart Research Institute.
We would like to thank Kathy, Shalanda, Zorich Group and everyone who contributed. Donations such as these allow us to continue our mission of detecting, preventing and reversing cardiovascular disease.
Our vision is a future where families like Kathy and Shalanda's are no longer devastated by cardiovascular disease.
Photo: Richard Wylie from the Heart Research Insitute, Kathy Ahwan and Tom Zorich.