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Generous donation equips Village with a defib

Peninsula Villages has received a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Umina Beach, supported by Eagles Plumbing, which has funded the purchase of a defibrillator kit to support the many visitors, volunteers and staff at Peninsula Village in Umina.

A defibrillator is a life-saving device used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a condition that occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops pumping due to a sudden knock or an underlying medical condition.

In Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year and on average, 90 per cent of cardiac arrest victims will survive if a defibrillator is used within the first five minutes.

Shane Neaves, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Villages said, “We know that the best chance of surviving cardiac arrest occurs when a victim is cared for immediately and we are pleased that our friends at Rotary Club of Umina Beach were able to support us in our aim to purchase this life-saving equipment.”

With stories of more and more people surviving heart attacks due to defibrillators, the organisation decided that it would be vital to purchase one as part of its duty of care to its staff, visitors and the local community.

“Our organisation really wanted to purchase a defibrillator as a precautionary measure,” added Mr Neaves.

“We may never need it, but it’s just one of those pieces of equipment that you would prefer to have available if a situation arises,” he added.

Peninsula Villages also runs a number of community programs with its residents in nearby school’s which means the equipment may also support the greater Peninsula community.

Defibrillator Donation
Photo from left to right: Linda Watts (Peninsula Villages Honorary Director), Brett Allison (Eagles Plumbing), Paul Quinn (Rotary Club of Umina Beach Community Service Director), Jan Tweedie (Peninsula Villages Honorary Chairperson), Mel Dempsey (Peninsula Villages Executive Care Manager), Pam Palmer (Peninsula Villages Honorary Director), Shane Neaves (Peninsula Villages Chief Executive Officer)

“Our team are committed to ensuring that our residents can enjoy special activities and events in public places safely and responsibly and the added knowledge of a nearby piece of safety equipment such as a defib, provides peace of mind to those we work with,” he continued.

“We would like to thank Rotary Club of Umina Beach and Eagles Plumbing for providing us with the means to purchase a defibrillator as this could truly mean the difference between life and death for our staff, volunteers and visitors or even those in a nearby locations to us,” concluded Mr Neaves.