De­fib­ril­la­tor ar­rives at bank

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Monique Freer

Bridge St is now bet­ter equipped to han­dle car­diac emer­gen­cies thanks to the in­stal­la­tion of a com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor at Bendigo Bank Be­nalla last week.

The $2300 de­fib­ril­la­tor was co­funded by Bendigo Bank Be­nalla, Be­nalla Lions Club, Be­nalla RSL sub-branch, Be­nalla Ru­ral City and com­mu­nity sup­port.

Bendigo Bank Be­nalla branch man­ager Jenny Lee said the idea came af­ter the lo­cal bank be­came part of the ‘‘De­fib Your Club for Life’’ group two years ago.

‘‘The aim was to get as many de­fibs into com­mu­ni­ties or sport­ing events (as pos­si­ble),’’ Ms Lee said.

‘‘My team has al­ways been con­cerned about how busy the street is and that there’s not one avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic.’’

Ms Lee said the bank ap­proached other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, who were only too happy to sup­port the cause.

‘‘If we can help save a life, which the unit does I be­lieve, then it’s very im­por­tant,’’ Be­nalla Lions Club pres­i­dent Peter Poels said.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor was un­veiled on Fri­day and is the only one in the cen­tral busi­ness area.

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Mayor Bar­bara Alexan­der said it was im­por­tant res­i­dents knew about its lo- cation, so it could save lives if re­quired.

‘‘We are an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and peo­ple can go up the street and have a lit­tle at­tack,’’ Cr Alexan­der said.

‘‘It’s al­right hav­ing it, but you’ve got to know where to go.’’

Be­nalla RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Jeff Lewis said the group was so in­spired by the idea that they were go­ing to in­stall a de­fib­ril­la­tor at the RSL rooms.

‘‘We’ve got quite a few Se­cond World War vet­er­ans at 92 and 88, so we thought it would be a good cause to do­nate to,’’ he said.

‘‘I think re­ally all neigh­bour­hoods should have one in a cen­tral place.’’

Ms Lee said the bank was very grate­ful to the or­gan­i­sa­tions that sup­ported the cause, as well as com­mu­nity mem­bers who raised about $1800 through Bendigo Bank’s raf­fle.

‘‘Bendigo Bank con­tin­u­ally tries to look be­yond bank­ing for so­lu­tions and sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­di­vid­u­als and the com­mu­ni­ties we op­er­ate in,’’ Ms Lee said.

‘‘We ap­pre­ci­ate the or­gan­i­sa­tions that care about the com­mu­nity like us.’’

The re­main­ing funds raised by the com­mu­nity will be set aside for Bendigo Bank Be­nalla’s next com­mu­nity project.

Team ef­fort: Be­nalla Ru­ral City Mayor Bar­bara Alexan­der, Bendigo Bank Be­nalla branch man­ager Jenny Lee, Be­nalla RSL sub-branch vice pres­i­dent De­lano Dube, Be­nalla Lions Club pres­i­dent Peter Poels, Bendigo Bank Be­nalla cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship man­ager Georgie Warner, Bendigo Bank Be­nalla cus­tomer ser­vice of­fi­cers He­len Nu­nan and Heather Edgar, and Be­nalla RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Jeff Lewis launch the new de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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