Queenslanders have a chance to show just how big their hearts are by supporting the annual Big Heart Appeal this month.

With the help of 28,000 Queenslanders doorknocking in their neighbourhoods, as well as workplace fundraising and individual donations, the Heart Foundation hopes to raise over $1 million towards world-class heart research in Queensland alone.

“Every donation to the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal will help us in the fight against heart disease, the single biggest killer of Australian men and women,” says Stephen Vines, CEO of the Heart Foundation in Queensland.

“Heart disease is serious — in the past decade it has killed twice as many Australians as any other disease. In Australia it takes a life every 26 minutes.”

More than 1,600 Australian families are expected to lose a loved one to heart disease this month alone. While the Queensland government has jumpstarted this year’s fundraising campaign with a $50,000 donation, the reality is that the bulk of the Heart Foundation’s funding — up to 85 per cent — comes from the public.

“As a charity, the majority of our funding comes from everyday Australians whose generous gifts are critical to helping us continue our lifesaving work,” says Stephen Vines.

“This appeal is the largest community-led fundraising program for the Heart Foundation, so we’re asking everyone to get behind the campaign and give whatever they can afford.”

The Big Heart Appeal doorknock will be happening from September 15-28.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided.

You can contribute by registering to doorknock, giving generously to doorknock volunteers when they come calling, holding your own Big Heart Brunch at home with family and friends or at work with your colleagues, or by donating online at bigheartappeal.org.