DISCOVERY Early Learning Centre in Lauderdale has reached its fundraising target to purchase a publicly accessible Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
The life-saving machine, which will be registered under Ambulance Tasmania’s Early Access to Defibrillation Program, was funded by a community raffle and market, along with donations from the centre’s chief executive officer, local organisations and individuals.
The statewide Early Access to Defibrillation Program was developed to ensure that if a cardiac arrest occurs within a few blocks of a registered machine, its owner will be alerted and, where possible, take their defibrillator to the scene to help the patient.
Lauderdale Discovery Early Learning Centre office administrator and fundraising coordinator Lizzie Melly said she and the Discovery team were thrilled with the fundraising results.
“We are rapt to now be part of the Ambulance Tasmania’s Early Access to Defibrillation Program,” she said.
“All our educators are first aid trained and therefore, trained in using a defibrillator, and as we are open from 6.30am to 6.30pm, we thought housing a machine here was a ‘no brainer’.
Ms Melly said providing community centres, shopping centres and educational institutions with access to a defibrillator could increase a person’s chance of survival.
“We also have up to 100 children at our centre each day, which means we are connected to hundreds of families in greater Lauderdale who could benefit from this initiative,” she said.
Tony Mulder MLC, who donated $500 towards Lauderdale Discovery Early Learning Centre’s defibrillator, said he was thankful to be made aware of the fundraising initiative on Facebook.
“This program is truly sensational,” he said.
“If we could get a defibrillator in each public building that would be ideal – it would make Ambulance Tasmania’s job a lot easier and improve the safety of the community.”
To learn more about Ambulance Tasmania’s Early Access to Defibrillation Program go to www.ambulance.tas.gov.au/community_information/eadp