Lions Club funds community defibrillators

Community defibrilators: Henry Cowell of St John's Ambulance addresses members of the Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club on the use of defibrillators.
Community defibrilators: Henry Cowell of St John's Ambulance addresses members of the Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club on the use of defibrillators.

The Lions Club of Port Elliot and Victor Harbor has successfully purchased three defibrillators after identifying a need for them in the local community.

The defibrillators which were purchased from St John's Ambulance, will be installed in easily accessible locations, after the Lion's Club took notice of a number of recent heart attacks, particularly in the Victor Central shopping precinct and car park.

At a presentation dinner at the Hotel Crown on August 20, Henry Cowell from St John's Ambulance service addressed Lions Club members on the correct use of the defibrillators.

The purchase of this life saving technology was made possible through Grants SA and planned locations for the installation of the defibrillators are the Causeway Information Centre, Meals on Wheels Victor Harbor and the Gospel Centre on George Main Street.

Garry Edwards who recently assumed the role of third vice president (projects) alongside former president Stewart Kirby were the brains behind the idea and after researching the cost of defibrillators, sought to investigate financial revenues for their purchase.

They worked with St John's Ambulance who provided information and costings, but met with frustration when the group was knocked back for funding by a number of banks and businesses.

After stumbling upon a funding opportunity made available by Grants SA, Garry worked diligently alongside current president Brian Yuill in applying for a grant of $5000.

Garry said a lot of effort was put into the application.

"I went over the grant application at least six times with Brian and also had my wife Gail check over it, as I couldn't afford to miss out on this grant," said Garry.

"I could not believe it when I received word that we had been successful.

"We've come a long way from the initial idea and now are only just getting started. I hope we can expand this project over the next couple of years."