EXERCISERS at Ham Common now have the added comfort of knowing if they have a sudden cardiac arrest, there is a defibrillator right at the Visitor Information Centre opposite the RAAF Base.
First aid officers at the centre have been trained in its use, but the unit is so easy to use with voice instructions that anyone can have a go if trained operators aren’t on shift.
The defibrillator is one of two installed at Council locations, with the other going in at Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor.
“The installation of these machines at both Hawkesbury Central Library and the Visitor Information Centre will be of considerable community benefit, as both sites attract many visitors and recreational users at surrounding parks and gardens,” Mayor Kim Ford said.
Hawkesbury South Lions Club paid for the unit at Clarendon. Hawkesbury Heartstart ordered both defibrillators as part of its campaign to get as many units as possible into the community.
“My congratulation to the campaign’s founder, Dr Ravi Sahasrabuddhe, a local Rotarian and respected doctor who has been helping the Hawkesbury for over 42 years as well as all the Rotarians and the community involved,” Mayor Ford said.
He said since it kicked off less than a year ago, Windsor Rotary’s Heartstart campaign had got multiple defibrillators in to new places in the Hawkesbury and had raised awareness through events and fundraisers.
“The people of the Hawkesbury are a close-knit community and it is wonderful to see how many of us have already donated to this vital project. I encourage everyone to continue to donate to the Heartstart campaign,” he said.