About The Heart & Stroke Foundation:
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc. is a non-profit organisation
registered under the Companies Act 1982 of Barbados registration number 269
and under the Charities Act 1979-2 registration number 82. The Foundation
was founded in 1985 as the Heart Foundation of Barbados and in 2006 embraced
stroke to become the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.
The Foundation came to fruition thanks to the shared initiatives of The
Lions Club of Barbados South, through its Health and Social Services
Committee, then under the chairmanship of Mr. H. (Dru) Symmonds SCM, J.P., and
Professor Trevor Hassell, Cardiologist, who was that time Head of the
Department of Medicine and of the Cardiac Unit at the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital in Barbados.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health's report for several years has ranked
disease of the heart and blood vessels as a leading cause of death in
Barbados as indeed it is internationally. It is against this background that
the Foundation brings together physicians and laymen committed to
voluntarily addressing this major health problem.
The Foundation is a non-governmental organisation and receives no funding
from government. Therefore the organisation is very heavily dependent upon
donations and fees to carry out our work and relies considerably upon the
financial support of individual Barbadians.
Our motto "Everybody has a heart"
speaks to the fact that all of us as individuals should be committed
to living healthy lifestyles.