At the heart of all life is, well, the heart. But when it comes to healthy living and disease prevention, it is often overlooked in our day-to-day lives. Seeking to change this is MGCI’s Heart. Health. Hope. (Hx3) club.

Supervised by Mr. Douglas, the club aims to raise awareness for heart disease and promote lifestyle choices that benefit this important organ. “The numbers are pretty staggering—just how much heart diseases are affecting people” said Muizz Hussain, one of the vice-presidents of the club. The club also engages in fundraising activities to support charities such as SickKids and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Despite having only started in March, the club has already held a Heart Drive fundraising event, making sixty ribbons containing facts about heart disease and selling them for fifty cents each.

A future activity planned by the club is a Heart Marathon fundraiser scheduled for Friday, 19 May at 2 pm in the valley. Students are encouraged to donate and participate in the run. The club expects to have posters and announcements in place to advertise the event.

Members of Heart. Health. Hope. discuss plans for the Heart Marathon fundraiser. Photo: Sophia Liu

For some members, Hx3 is also an opportunity to practice healthy living. As Vice President Caroline Zhaksylyk says, “We started the club so we can’t by hypocrites ourselves!” The group holds biweekly meetings in Room 205 during Mondays at lunch and can be reached via their Facebook group “Heart. Health. Hope (Hx3).”