KI Catholic Church gets new Automated External Defibrillator device

CHURCH AED: Ambulance volunteer Trish Leeuwenburg instructs parishioners Christine Weatherstone, John McEvoy, Liz Grant and Gary Howson.

CHURCH AED: Ambulance volunteer Trish Leeuwenburg instructs parishioners Christine Weatherstone, John McEvoy, Liz Grant and Gary Howson.

Dr Tim Leeuwenburg and his SA Ambulance volunteer wife Trish were on hand to help the parishioners at the KI Catholic Church learn how to do simple CPR and use the new Automated External Defibrillator installed at the church recently

CHURCH AED: Viv Willson and Anita Gibbs practise CPR at the KI Catholic Church.

CHURCH AED: Viv Willson and Anita Gibbs practise CPR at the KI Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church AED is the 30th now installed around Kangaroo Island as part of the HeartSafe Community campaign.

The HeartSafe communities project started in the USA, encouraging community members to train in CPR and ensuring the placement of defibrillators in key locations.

Over the last 18 months on Kangaroo Island, the volunteer team at HeartSafe KI comprising Dr Tim Leeuwenburg and Trish Leeuwenburg along with Michael Berden, has trained over 600 community members in CPR.

Dr Leeuwenburg is proud of the community in embracing this project.

“Thanks to the efforts of Lions, CWA, Progress Associations and KI Council we now have public access defibrillators available across the Island,” he said.

HeartSafe KI has also registered all public access defibrillators with SA Ambulance Service and the GoodSAMapp, allowing 000 callers to be directed to their nearest 24/7 defibrillator. 

Kangaroo Island residents can attend HeartSafe KI training sessions to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator. 

For more information, contact the team at heartsafeki@internode.on.net or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/heartsafeki

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