The people in this photograph saw there was an issue in their local community and they rallied to do something about it. They took it upon themselves to fix a problem that pretty much every suburb in NZ currently faces…
On Easter Monday, a local man collapsed in cardiac arrest in Highbury, Auckland. Passers-by did CPR while a few teenage girls looked for a nearby AED. They ran up and down the nearby streets in search of one but because it was a public holiday and everything was closed, there was no AED they could access.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM.
It’s awesome that we have more AEDs around our country BUT how many of them can be accessed 24/7? How many of them can we use after hours? On public holidays? On weekends? Not many.
Unfortunately, cardiac arrest doesn’t just happen during work hours…
Local doctor Glenn Mulholland was on the scene that Easter Monday. Afterwards, he and his wife Rachael decided to do something about it so no one was ever put in that sad and frustrating situation again. They put a post on the local Highbury Facebook page and were inundated with responses, including one very generous offer from local couple Sue and John Mayhew to donate an AED and a cabinet so it can be installed outside, for 24/7 access.
Showing some great community spirit, Kiwibank came to the party and offered them the use of their wall to hang it on.
Thanks to this team of awesome people, this suburb now have the peace of mind that they can always access an AED in the case of an emergency, 24/7. All they need to do is ring 111 for the code to the locked cabinet.
Huge thanks to donators and AED ambassadors Sue and Dr John Mayhew (far right), Kiwibank branch manager Jessica Gibbs (centre), and Rachael Mulholland (second from left) who was the driving force in making this happen. Heart Saver MD Mike Mander (far left) gave advice on which AED and cabinet to use.
CAN YOU DO THE SAME FOR YOUR COMMUNITY? Your actions could very well save a life. Make your community a safer place to live – find a way to get an AED available 24/7. See our list of AEDs HERE.
You can read the NZ Herald article HERE