Bank supports its community in a heartbeat

Bank supports its community in a heartbeat

05 July 2013

Robe, Wednesday 3 July 2013: Robe Community Bank® Branch in partnership with St John Ambulance SA and Lions Club Robe will present the community with two life-saving automatic defibrillator units this week.
The units will be located at Robe Golf Club and outside Robe Pharmacy in Main Street, offering local people unrestricted access to equipment that could change the outcome of an emergency.
Branch Manager, Robe Community Bank® Branch, Aaron Sayers, said the machines were purchased in response to growing concern from the community.
‘’At our Community Forum late last year, Robe residents told us that having access to life-saving defibrillator units was urgently needed and we’re so pleased to provide two defibrillators in public locations in our town,’’ Mr Sayers said.
‘’Our Community Bank® branch is right behind initiatives that make better the lives of local people and partnering with St John Ambulance and Lions Club has turned our community’s vision into a reality.
‘’We all believe that a defibrillator is one of the most important pieces of equipment any club or town can have, and if it only ever saves one life, it’s worth every cent and more,’’ he said.
St John Ambulance SA Chief Executive, Sharyn Mitten, said a growing number of regional communities have been calling for access to the life-saving equipment.
“In the event of cardiac arrest, having a defibrillator on hand could be the difference between life and death,” Ms Mitten said.
“Each year sudden cardiac arrest strikes approximately 25,000 people in Australia alone, and early defibrillation can dramatically improve a casualties chance of survival. Defibrillation within two minutes can increase the survival rate by up to 80 percent, and every minute defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival decreases by about 10 percent.
“With the generous support of Bendigo Bank, we are able to continue the wide-spread introduction of Automated External Defibrillators into the community, and help organisations that may not have the funds to purchase a unit outright.” Ms Mitten said.
“This is a wonderfully positive demonstration of just what can be achieved when three great
organisations - St John, Bendigo Bank and Lions Club - come together with a firm commitment to
the health and wellbeing of the local community.”
Robe Community Bank® Branch provided more than $4,500 to fully fund the purchase of the unit
and surveillance at Robe Golf Club, while the Main Street unit has been jointly funded by the
Community Bank® branch and Lions Club Robe.