There is so much excitement and buzz on social media surrounding Valentine’s Day, but did you know that Friday 14th February is also National Wear Red Day in Australia? National Wear Red Day aims to raise awareness for heart disease, as well as raising much-needed money towards innovative research that will help to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.

Heart disease is an umbrella term that is used to describe a wide range of conditions that affect your heart. Heart disease is unfortunately quite common, impacting two out of every three families in Australia. It is the leading cause of death and disability in Australia, with 18,590 Australian lives lost to heart disease in 2017 alone. This means fifty-one people died from heart disease every single day in Australia in 2017, that equates to one death every twenty-eight minutes! This is one of many reasons why developing and maintaining a fit, healthy and happy lifestyle is so important.

In fact, did you know that people who are feeling socially isolated or have depression are at a greater risk of heart disease? More and more, the detrimental impacts of loneliness on an individual’s health are gradually coming to light. An alarming fifty-five per cent of the Australian population feel they lack companionship at least sometimes. Loneliness and social isolation are becoming a health epidemic worldwide, and research now reveals that lacking meaningful social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, while the effect on mortality is comparable to risk factors such as obesity. This is why companionship and a positive state of mental health are so important to help prevent heart disease as well as many other health issues.

Like Family is on a mission to end social isolation and loneliness, and wants energetic, passionate individuals to join us in achieving this. If you are passionate about making a positive impact to your community and changing the lives of people who need support, sign up to become a Social Carer. We offer a good hourly rate with flexible, local work – you choose your hours, missions and who you work with. Become a Social Carer to meet like-minded people, support your local community and build genuine, long-term friendships.

Wearing red comes naturally to our Social Carers! If you or someone important to you is suffering or feeling socially isolated due to illness, disability or ageing, Like Family can help. We provide companionship and non-medical care such as an event buddy, someone to help you to get out and about in the community, help with preparing meals and much, much more! We find and recruit passionate everyday people (incredible people) and put them through a rigorous on-boarding process, to ensure they meet our standards before becoming Social Carers. We then match our Members with Social Carers in their local area who share similar interests and values, to foster genuine companionship. It’s this ability that contributes to our reputation of over sixty five-star ratings on Google reviews. Like Family is an NDIS-approved provider operating throughout the greater Sydney region, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Central Coast NSW. Sign up as a Member now to post your first Activity.

Will you be wearing red this Friday 14th February? Don’t forget to help raise awareness for heart disease by taking a selfie and sharing this on your social media channels with the hashtags #wearredanddonate #researchsaveslives and #heartdiseaseawareness. Visit the Heart Research Australia website if you would like to donate, and raise money for life-saving research: