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The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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.”

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