Judy’s health legacy

Money raised for St Johns to hon­our last wishes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

AN OUT­POUR­ING of gen­eros­ity and the will of a much loved com­mu­nity mem­ber has cre­ated a last­ing im­pact with the pur­chase of a new de­fib­ril­la­tor by St Johns’ Am­bu­lance.

Judy Pow­nall, who died in Monto Hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 11, re­quested that in­stead of flow­ers, peo­ple could hon­our her mem­o­ries by mak­ing do­na­tions to St Johns.

St Johns Am­bu­lance Di­vi­sional Man­ager Col Har­ris said Judy was well-liked in the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve known Judy for many years and she used to do the time­keep­ing for the camp-drafts for many years,” Mr Har­ris said.

“She was well-liked and good at her job.

“Her funeral was prob­a­bly one of the big­gest ones I’ve seen in Monto.”

Fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers made do­na­tions on her be­half via a do­na­tion box in the St Johns Am­bu­lance build­ing, as well as via the mail.

Mr Har­ris in­formed the head of­fice of what was hap­pen­ing, and it was sug­gested the money be used to re­place the old de­fib­ril­la­tor.

The fund-rais­ing ef­fort didn’t raise enough money to fully pay for the $3500 de­fib­ril­la­tor, but it en­abled St Johns to pur­chase it them­selves.

On the De­cem­ber 23, the de­fib­ril­la­tor was pre­sented to the lo­cal branch by Judy’s hus­band Peter.

St John Am­bu­lance Re­gional Man­ager, Leo McNa­mara, at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion along with Peter, his and Judy’s son Paul, Mr Har­ris and his wife Claire.

Mr and Mrs Har­ris put on a morn­ing tea for at­ten­dees.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor, which is sit­ting in the St Johns build­ing, will soon be loaded onto the St Johns Am­bu­lance for use.

Mr Har­ris said the de­fib­ril­la­tor was im­por­tant, as while it didn’t hap­pen of­ten, heart at­tacks were a risk which the ma­chine would help to deal with.

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