THE Lions Club of New Norfolk has donated a potentially lifesaving piece of equipment to the New Norfolk Primary School.
The school contacted the club a couple of months ago requesting its assistance in obtaining a defibrillator, and it presented one to the school last week.
New Norfolk Primary School first aid officer Sally Coleman works five days a week and says it can get be a very busy job.
“To know that we’ve got that as a back-up, it’s the best news ever,” Ms Coleman said.
“We have quite a few staff and students, and with everything that goes on these days you never know when you need it.”
Ms Coleman said she was not surprised by the club’s generosity but pleasantly surprised by the speed of the response.
“The Lions Club do that much for our town, people don’t realise how much they do,” she said.
“For them to bring that to us straight away, it was fantastic.”
The defibrillator will likely sit in the school’s main office, with the key nearby so anyone can use it.
There are already a few defibrillators in the Derwent Valley, but Ms Coleman believes there will never be too many.
“If anybody’s close by, if anybody’s sick or anything they’ll just be able to come back to the school, we’ve got one available,” she said.
“It’s just nice to know that we’ve got another one at school, and it’s nice to know that we’ve got something there that can help all the community.”