Every day, the staff and volunteers at Christchurch’s Seabrook McKenzie Centre help children and adults with Specific Learning Disabilities, so it’s nice for us to be able to help a charity that helps so many others by donating a Heart Saver AED7000 unit.
Teacher Network and Fundraising Coordinator Elizabeth Dubin says Seabrook McKenzie supports both children and adults who have Specific Learning Disabilities, which include dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
“We help them find out what kind of problems they might be having with their learning and how we can help them going forward. We see 700 people a year for assessments, students come through for tutoring each day, and we also have a small on-site school for children who are not coping in the mainstream. It’s our aim to provide people with the support and tools that they need because there’s no reason they can’t do really well in life – they just need the right strategies,” Elizabeth explains.
It’s a bustling centre – as well as the clients on site every day, the centre has 19 staff, plus volunteers. It’s right next to a park and across the road from a bunch of shops, so having an accessible AED was really important to the charity. They’d been researching AED options when they stumbled across the Become a Heart Saver campaign and entered to win one.
“Being given this AED means we can spend the money earmarked for an AED on supporting the kids, which means so much to us,” Elizabeth says.
They’ve placed the AED on top of their first aid cupboard and made all staff and volunteers aware of where to access it in the case of a medical emergency.
To find out more about Seabrook McKenzie Centre, visit www.seabrookmckenzie.net