Geneva and Zurich, 28 August 2013 – The “Hearts of Children” charity gala dinner, held on 27th August in Zurich, was a resounding success. 60 illustrious guests responded to the invitation of Messrs Türler, Directors of Türler Uhren & Juwelen and Peter and Aletta Stas, Founders and Directors of the watch brand Frédérique Constant. They all turned out to support the Swiss Heart Foundation and the “Hearts of Children” initiative.
The World Heart Federation is dedicated to working with national heart foundations – such as the Swiss Heart Foundation in Switzerland – in the fight against heart disease and strokes as the leading causes of death worldwide. Swiss watch brand Frédérique Constant has been working since 2009 alongside charitable organizations involved in the fight against heart disease. The brand is currently supporting the World Heart Federation’s “Hearts of Children” international awareness-raising campaign. The focus of these activities is on preventing disease in women and children. The aim is to increase awareness of the importance of cardiovascular diseases and of the risk factors, so that fewer people are affected by or die from preventable cardiovascular diseases.
In order to support the project locally, Frédérique Constant organized a charity gala dinner in aid of the Swiss Heart Foundation and the “Hearts of Children” initiative in conjunction with renowned Zurich watchmaking specialists Türler Uhren & Juwelen at the Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville in Zurich. Franz Türler, owner of Türler Uhren & Juwelen, reminded his guests that the premature loss of loved ones due to cardiovascular disease is something that can strike any one of us. It was thus vital that he support Peter and Aletta Stas from Frédérique Constant in their commitment to the World Heart Federation and the Swiss Heart Foundation's international “Hearts of Children” initiative. The World Heart Federation was represented by CEO Johanna Ralston and the Swiss Heart Foundation by its President, Prof. Ludwig von Segesser, Director of Cardiovascular Research at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), together with their Managing Director, Therese Junker. In his evening lecture, Prof. von Segesser impressed upon his audience the often tragic fates of children with cardiac problems, but also pointed to what research has already achieved in this area and the promising developments that lie ahead.
Aletta Stas, Founder and COO of Frédérique Constant, stated, “We are delighted to have organized this charity gala dinner for the Swiss Heart Foundation. We are also happy that we have been able to raise awareness among couples and families concerning this important and relevant topic on this occasion. It should be understood that most risk factors are behaviorally influenced. Heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of death in Switzerland and the main reason for non-congenital disability. If, through this event and other events we have co-organized around the world, we can contribute to a greater recognition among our guests of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for the cardiovascular system, we will be more than satisfied.”
Thanks to the generosity of Türler Uhren & Juwelen and Frédérique Constant, together with the proceeds of the raffle, the Swiss Heart Foundation received a check for CHF 22,890. The generous sums donated by guests will be added to this total. Half of the total will go towards research funding in the field of congenital heart disease and awareness-raising and education of women as part of the Women & Heart activities of the Swiss Heart Foundation.
Standing shoulder to shoulder, Frédérique Constant, Türler Uhren & Juwele, the Swiss Heart Foundation and the World Heart Federation aim to give more hope and shared time to the families affected.
TÜRLER UHREN & JUWELEN – A FAMILY CONCERN “Today, we are one of the few remaining family businesses. In a time of change marked by mergers, plant closures and downsizing, that is already a distinction in itself. Not to mention our experience in watches and jewelry, which dates back over 130 years. It is an experience that has shaped our style and our behavior. The customer is at the very center of the way we think and act. It is our aim to keep the customer completely satisfied. This we achieve through the technical expertise of our staff, our diverse range of first-class watches and exclusive jewelry and – not least – our impeccable worldwide service. Customer service and our devotion to the traditions of craftsmanship will continue to drive us in the future. This will remain unchanged into the third millennium.” Franz Türler - www.tuerler.ch
SWISS HEART FOUNDATION The Swiss Heart Foundation – active against heart disease and strokes The Swiss Heart Foundation is committed to ensuring that fewer people suffer from or are affected by heart and circulatory disease and that people do not die prematurely of heart attacks or strokes, and to preserving the life quality of those affected. Its activities focus on the three core areas of activity: promotion of research, education and prevention, and patient information and -advice. The Swiss Heart Foundation supports high-profile research projects with substantial annual contributions. Through its prevention programs, actions and services, it is committed to the prevention and early detection of these diseases and their risk factors. It offers counseling for patients and their families and seeks to improve their understanding and management of their illness. The Swiss Heart Foundation was founded in 1967. It is an independent non-profit organization certified by the ZEWO Foundation and is funded primarily through donations and legacies. www.swissheart.ch
WORLD HEART FEDERATION The World Heart Federation is dedicated to the fight against heart disease and strokes, particularly in developing countries. Its work corresponds to the goal outlined by the World Health Organization of reducing premature deaths by 25% by 2025. Consisting of over 200 organizations, the World Heart Federation and its members work to combat cardiovascular disease at policy level, through the development of ideas, exchange of good practices, and the promotion of scientific knowledge and expertise in the fight against cardiovascular disease as the most common cause of death worldwide. The World Heart Federation is constantly growing and now includes medical organizations and heart foundations from over 100 countries. www.worldheart.org; twitter.com/worldheartfed; www.facebook.com/worldheartfederation