Heart starter for local businesses

Joan Graham, Bob Close, Mel Close, David Marshall and Aaron Hall with one of two defibrillators kindly donated by Manildra and Narrandera Rotary.

Two defibrillators have been installed in businesses in Narrandera, thanks to the Narrandera Rotary Club and the Manildra Group.

Duff’s Mitre 10 and Close Pharmacy now house a defibrillator each, alongside one installed in Coles supermarket last year.

The defibrillators have been an ongoing project for Rotary, with a weekly sausage sizzle being the primary fundraiser to cover the cost. Given that each defibrillator costs thousands of dollars, raising the money for just one doesn’t come easy.

“One of these defibrillators is probably worth 1000 sausages,” Rotary member Bob Close said.

Fortunately, Aaron Hall, manager of the Narrandera Manildra Mill, came to Rotary’s aid. The Manildra Group gave a substantial donation.

“They gave us $3,100, enough to buy one full defibrillator, which I thought was very generous,” Mr Close said.

Between the donation and Rotary’s existing fundraising efforts, the two defibrillators will now be handily placed along the main street. Staff members at both businesses will also have access to training in how to use the defibrillators, although external defibrillators – that is, defibrillaotrs outside of a hospital environment – are designed to be used by untrained lay people.

Both defibrillators are now on the premises of their respective businesses, and the only remaining obstacle is figuring out where to hang them up.

Leigh Stone, manager of Duff’s Mitre 10, accepted the defibrillator on behalf of owners Ian and Margaret Duff.

“On behalf of Ian and Margaret I’d like to say thank you to Rotary and Manildra,” Mrs Stone said.

Bob Close, Aaron Hall, Leigh Stone, David Marshall and Joan Graham with one of two new defibrillators, donated by the Manildra Group and Narrandera Rotary.

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