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AED Five Rivers

9 March 2018

L/R: St John Northern Southland Area Committee Chair George Stewart, St John Lumsden Station Manager Helen Bottcher, Five Rivers Café Manager Harry Sheehy, The Power Company Ltd Chair Doug Fraser, PowerNet Depot Supervisor Maurice Graham

Five Rivers Café is the latest Southern organisation to benefit from a life-saving donation from PowerNet and St John.

An automated defibrillator (AED) was donated to the cafe in February, one of four donated to Southern communities this year.

The donation is part of PowerNet and St John’s sponsorship to improve public safety and education in the south.

The sponsorship includes the donation of four AED devices annually to the network communities, which PowerNet manages.

Café Manager, Harry Sheehy said the café was delighted to receive the donation.

“Our café is very safety focused and is immensely pleased to receive the generous donation of an AED from PowerNet. It is great to have the AED on site and know it could potentially save a life in the future. The AED will be installed in the café entrance readily accessible to all visitors,” Mr Sheehy said.

When available within minutes of a cardiac arrest occurring, an AED can vastly improve a person’s chance of survival.

PowerNet Chief Information Officer, Tim Brown, said the AED donation was another way the company could support the Southern community to stay safe and healthy. Along with the AED donation two Level 1 First Aid training sessions for the Five Rivers Café staff would also be provided by the PowerNet funded programme.

“Our partnership with St John is about using our joint resources to promote safety in our communities, mostly through education. It’s great that PowerNet is able to back this up with the donation of life-saving equipment such as AEDs,” he said.