GIFT OF THE HEART: Alstonville couple Jason Bashforth and Cath Grippo will donate money to the Heart Foundation in lieu of giving guests at their wedding a gift when they marry this Saturday.
GIFT OF THE HEART: Alstonville couple Jason Bashforth and Cath Grippo will donate money to the Heart Foundation in lieu of giving guests at their wedding a gift when they marry this Saturday.

Wedding couple share a gift

ALSTONVILLE couple Jason Bashforth and Cath Grippo will be sharing a gift of the heart when they get married in Murwillumbah on Saturday, March 6.


Instead of giving wedding guests a small gift, the couple decided to make a donation to the Heart Foundation as they have both been touched by cardiovascular disease.


They are expecting 115 people at their wedding.


Jason’s father Les died of a sudden heart attack 12 years ago when Jason was just 23.


Cath’s grandfather also suffered numerous heart attacks before he passed away in 1996.


He had his first heart attack aged 35, which is the age Cath will be when she gets married.


“We both felt that making a donation was a better thing to do than giving all our guests sugared almonds or some other small gift which would probably just sit on a shelf collecting dust,” Cath said.


“It’s also a special way for us to include Jason’s dad, who is still very much missed.”


Heart Foundation CEO–NSW Tony Thirlwell warmly thanked Cath and Jason for their support and wished the couple all the best for their big day.


“Cardiovascular disease affects two out of three Australian families and is still one of the leading causes of death in our community. As a charity, we rely on the generous support of the community to carry out our lifesaving work,” he said.


“Funds raised at events like these help us fund critical research and community projects to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.


For more information on how to fundraise for the Heart Foundation ,visit www.heartfoundation.org.au or contact Lauren Turner on 02 9219 2455.


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