Penneshaw CWA helps get defibrillator for Baudin Beach

Penneshaw CWA branch was pleased to donate half the cost of an automated external defibrillator (AED) device for Baudin Beach.

The other half of the cost of the device was generously donated by an anonymous donor.

The AED has been installed at “Artworks” gallery and will be maintained by the Baudin Beach Progress Association.

This life saving device means that any of the many residents or holiday makers who suffer a sudden cardiac death have an increased chance of survival.

Dr Tim Leeuwenburg said the Baudin Beach AED was now the 20th public access defibrillator under the HeartSafeKI program, augmenting the network of devices on Kangaroo Island, which is now Australia’s first “HeartSAFE” community.

“It is a credit to local community groups, small business and donors to support this program for both locals and tourists alike,” Dr Tim said. 

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The CWA ladies meanwhile are also hoping to undergo AED and CPR training as soon possible.

Branch member Kathy Green said the CWA branch in Penneshaw was newly formed and included around 20 members, including one junior member, Genevieve Nesfield.

Genevieve just shaved off all her hair as part of the World Greatest Shave.

“Our aim is to have fun while contributing to our community and its welfare,” Mrs Green said.

“We meet in the evenings so that the majority of our members can attend after work.”

Penneshaw CWA’s current fundraising activities include collecting cans and bottles for recycling, the designing of a tea towel promoting Kangaroo Island, which it has for sale for $7 and is available at both the Penneshaw and Kingscote market, and the branch will be participating in the upcoming Biggest Morning Tea event. 

Peneshaw CWA group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in the CWA room in Penneshaw.

“We welcome anyone who would like to come along and join us,” Mrs Green said.