LAWRENCE’S HEART GETS STARTED
ON AUSTRALIA Day this year, Lawrence resident Neville Tabor approached Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis over the need of the community for a lifesaving defibrillator.
Yesterday, Lawrence community groups who helped coordinate the installation of the defibrillator were with health officials and Mr Gulaptis to see their hard work pay off.
The Over Fifties Group, Lawrence Historical Society, Lawrence Hall Committee and Lawrence Golf Club all helped source the defibrillator, which is now on the outside wall of Lawrence General Store.
Over Fifties member Robert Murphy said the Lawrence area needed the potentially lifesaving piece of medical equipment.
“We would like to thank Chris for helping the community in identifying Lawrence as an area in need of a defibrillator, as we are reasonably isolated,” Mr Murphy said.
“We’d also like to thank Aimee McNeill from the North Coast Primary Health Network for coordinating everything, and Ken and Steve MacFarlane for the use of their centrally located premises to make the defibrillator accessible to the public.
“Also thanks to the community organisations for supporting the project.”
Mr Gulaptis said the delivery of the defibrillator is an example of what could happen when the community and regional health officials worked together
“Neville was inquiring as to whether any government grants or assistance were available to purchase a defibrillator so I went to the Northern NSW Local Health District with the request and their response was terrific,” he said.
“Wayne Jones, Chief Executive of Northern NSW Local Health District, and Sharyn White, Acting Chief Executive with North Coast Primary Health Network, worked hard to co-fund a community accessible defibrillator in the Lawrence community.
“Conversations were held with community members living in Lawrence and a subcommittee was established to coordinate the installation of the defibrillator.”
A community launch will be held on Wednesday at 10am at Lawrence Public Hall. It will include defibrillator training and a barbecue lunch.
Free full first aid training will also be available to Lawrence locals on June 27.
For more information on the launch or free first aid training, call Aimee McNeill, North Coast Primary Health Network, on 0437 737 191.
COMMUNITY PROJECT: The Lawrence community gathered with Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis at the general store for the installation of a defibrillator.