A joint community mission between Parnell Rotary and The Parnell Business Association has seen the successful installation of a 24-hour defibrillator installed at Heard Park in Parnell. The fundraising of this much needed facility in Parnell has been in the pipeline for over two years and was made possible by the very generous funding by Parnell Rotary.
Parnell Rotary Club President, Don Cowie, stated
“that our club is delighted to support a practical local initiative such as this, which makes an immediate positive contribution to our community”
What many people don’t know is that the death rate from sudden cardiac arrest is five times higher than the annual road toll in New Zealand.
In spite of this alarming statistic, the majority of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are not accessible out of business hours, as most live in locked office buildings.
The good news is that chances of surviving a cardiac arrest are increased by 40 per cent, if a defibrillator is used within five minutes.
Situated next to the playground in Heard Park on the Plunket wall, the installation of this public-access AED, is open to the public 24/7, and can be used on both adults and children.
A code to the combination lock is provided when a first responder calls ‘111’ and gives them the cabinet number and location.