Like many daughters, the first man who stole my heart was Dad. Had it not been for heart research, his heart could have been stolen away some years ago. Thankfully, his heart is still beating and he continues to lead a busy, active life.
With Father's Day looming, many will be thinking about how to celebrate this special occasion.
Chef Alessandro Pavoni, owner of hatted restaurant Ormeggio at the Spit and an Ambassador of Heart Research Australia with baby daughter, Jada
Another father, celebrity Chef Alessandro Pavoni, owner of hatted restaurant Ormeggio and an Ambassador of Heart Research Australia, will be celebrating his first Father's Day. After surviving cancer and two heart attacks, it was a day he thought he would never see.
Anna, his wife says "It was incredible to learn that research funded by Heart Research Australia led to the very practices and approaches that saved Alessandro."
Alessandro and Anna recently became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl making them even more appreciative and grateful for the medical treatment Alessandro received.
Despite life-saving advances that have been made, heart disease sadly still affects two out of three families, and someone's son, father or husband is taken away every two hours in Australia due to a fatal heart attack.
Heart Research Australia is doing everything in its power to change these statistics. "This Father's Day we urge the fathers, sons and husbands of Australia, who are the heroes of the home, to empower themselves with the knowledge on how to protect themselves from future heart disease, by visiting our website for heart health information and to make a donation to contribute towards our funding of life-saving heart research," says Mrs Floyd Larsen, CEO Heart Research Australia.
Alessandro opened his first restaurant, Ormeggio at the Spit, in 2009 and this Father's Day he will design a special Father's Day lunch menu and donate $5 to Heart Research Australia for every guest that day.
Ormeggio at the Spit offers Contemporary Italian cuisine in a spectacular waterside setting, overlooking Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. It has Two Chef Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide 2014 and has been a hatted restaurant since opening in 2009. Visit the Ormeggio website to secure your booking and help to win the heart of another man.