What do you give someone that doesn’t actually need anything?
What’s a Secret Santa present that will outdo all of your colleagues? These are now the dilemmas of Christmases past.
The Baird Institute, who specialises in applied heart and lung surgical research, has come up with the perfect solution.
It’s a gift voucher for ‘an unknown person’s heartbeat’.
It’s not your typical present, it sounds like a surrealist artwork, but there really aren’t words for how awesome this gift actually is.
(In case you’re wondering, no, it’s not literal; you won’t get a heart in a jar or any such thing.)
It’s giving made simple. You buy a Baird Institute Gift Voucher by donating the amount of your choice and writing “Gift Voucher” in the comments section. They post or email you the voucher. You hand it to your well-loved friend or colleague as their Christmas gift. The voucher explains what a difference your gift to them has made.
Your money helps improve the outcomes for patients facing heart or lung surgery.
You feel good that you may have saved a life and that it is not money wasted. The recipient feels good about it too (you’ve given them ‘someone’s heartbeat’ – how nice). You both have a great Christmas.
Heart disease is the number one killer in Australia. We lose roughly 48 people per day to the disease. That means on Christmas day it’s possible that 48 families and their extended communities may be impacted; not to mention the statistics for lung cancer.
The Baird Institute, named in honour of Professor Douglas Baird, is the only research group in Australia to focus entirely on clinical and surgical heart and lung conditions. They receive no government funding and rely solely on donations.
Here’s hoping you never have to “cash one in”.
Have a wonderful Christmas or holiday season!
The Baird Institute
P.S As a long established and reputable charitable not for profit organisation, The Baird Institute carries an Australian Tax Office approved DGR1 status, which means all donations in excess of $2 AUD can be claimed when submitting your annual personal or business taxation assessment.