New AED for CBD

From left Lions Club of Ashburton Member Barry Vessey, Lions Club of Ashburton President Roger Paterson and St Vincent de Paul Ashburton shop manager Donna Collins.

A new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine has been installed in central Ashburton.

It will be available for anyone to use and is located outside the St Vincent de Paul shop on Victoria Street.

St Vincent de Paul Ashburton shop manager Donna Collins saw a need for an AED after one of her close associates was saved by one.

“He is still here today because of an AED,” she said.

Donna approached the Lions Club of Ashburton, who agreed to fund an AED.

Lions Club of Ashburton president Roger Paterson said they were asked for a machine that would be able to be used by the public.

“After investigating it we managed to procure one, which has a code for access,” he said.

“Being a community organisation it makes sense to have it on the outside, so when you ring 111, in this vicinity they will tell you where the box is and the code,” Donna said

The machine was bought from Heart Saver NZ.

There are a number of AED machines around town but they are in buildings.

Roger said if the club was approached they would look at sponsoring existing machines so they will be accessible all the time.

Donna said it was important to have the machine accessible 24 hours a day “As we know heart attacks don’t always happen at work.”

It is the second AED the Lions Club of Ashburton has sponsored, the first is located at Hampstead School.

-By Daniel Tobin