HeartKids Two Feet and a Heartbeat Charity Walk held in Bunbury on September 8

Last weekend, residents from around the South-West pitched in to raise funds for a life-saving organisation.

Community members gathered at Sykes Foreshore Reserve to take part in Bunbury's fourth annual Two Feet and a Heartbeat Charity Walk on Sunday, September 8.

Honouring the four lives lost to congenital heart disease each week, the participants completed a 4-kilometre walk before returning to the foreshore.

Some of the entrants walked 8km, to honour the eight babies born with congenital heart disease each day.

Before and after the walk, the attendees engaged in some family-friendly activities.

Organisers held a barbecue to celebrate the group's efforts.

Events were held in 25 metropolitan and regional areas across Australia, on Sunday.

The initiative raises funds for the research and treatment options organised by HeartKids.

Back in February, Steve and Karen Gare's seventh child, Xander, was born with three different heart issues.

Despite everyone's best efforts, he passed away five days later.

Xander was officially named Bunbury's Two Feet and Heartbeat Angel Ambassador for 2019.

"Seeing everyone in attendance on Sunday was quite overwhelming," Mr Gare said.

"It feels great seeing people come together and raise funds to help support HeartKids."

Tim and Amanda Trew's son, Harvey (5), was diagnosed with a Atrial Septal Defect at just two-weeks-old.

The Trew family commended the South-West community for their kindness and generosity.

"Congenital heart disease is a lot more common than people think," Mrs Trew said.

"It feels good to be able to give back to HeartKids. They have done so much for us, especially during our time in hospital.

"We're really happy that they chose Harvey to represent the South-West this year."

Affecting one in every 100 Australian births, congenital heart disease requires extensive treatment.

HeartKids is solely dedicated to providing life-long support for children, teenagers, and adults with congenital heart disease.

So far, the charity has raised more than $3.5 million for research into the causes, treatment, and management of childhood heart problems.

HeartKids chief executive officer Rob Lutter said they were also striving to increase the number of family support programs across the country.

Head to heartkids.org.au/ or facebook.com/HeartKidsAustralia/ for more information about the charity.