When Moorea Boyle joined the Heart Heath NSW Camden Haven group she wasn’t expecting her heart to fill with love.
Moorea met Bruce Wilson through the group’s social outings and the two became close companions.
Moorea joined the Heart Health group 18 months ago after her husband died. She said she was incredibly lonely before she connected with members of the group.
The group is made up of members of all ages who meet once a week to do some light exercise, socialise and enjoy a cuppa.
Members include those who have experienced heart issues, carers and also those who do not have heart issues but want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Moorea said she didn’t have any heart issues until she went to her doctor at the end of 2018. A standard check up revealed that Moorea had a blocked aorta and she underwent surgery on December 4.
“I joined the zipper club,” she said.
Moorea said there were no obvious signs that indicated she had a heart condition.
“I was slowing down a bit but I thought that was just part of getting old,” she said.
Moorea is working on maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that she can continue to enjoy life.
She hopes she will be able to go caravaning with Bruce in the near future.
Moorea said Bruce has been incredibly supportive and they enjoy spending time together.
Every Monday at 9am the members meet near the torpedo monument behind Laurieton United Services Club (LUSC), to walk along the breakwall to Stingray Bridge and then return past LUSC to Dunbogan Bridge.
The group ends the walk at LUSC for members to have a cuppa and a chat.
Everyone is welcome to join the group, regardless of mobility issues. The distance, speed and time to walk depends on the individual’s health condition. Those in wheelchairs, with walkers and tricycles are also welcome.
For more information or to join the group please call Reg Wilkinson on 6585 5873.
People can also join the Heart Health NSW group in Port Macquarie. For more information call Jim McClellan on 0412 544 820.