‘There’s no bet­ter cause’

Goal sur­passed in bid to raise money for AED at Green­field El­e­men­tary School

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A Gar­diner Mines woman who dis­cov­ered there wasn’t an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor at her child’s school, de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Lau­rie Gar­diner raised enough money to pur­chase the de­fib­ril­la­tor for Green­field El­e­men­tary School in River Ryan which cost $2,375 but she ended up rais­ing a to­tal of $9,543.

“The re­main­ing $7,168 will be go­ing to the Green­field Home and School As­so­ci­a­tion and they will be de­cid­ing what the stu­dents need.”

Gar­diner said she read a news story which said all schools in New­found­land have an AED. The schools ac­quired the equip­ment as a re­sult of a $400,000 do­na­tion from the New­found­land Build­ing Con­struc­tion Trade Coun­cil.

Gar­diner started a fundrais­ing cam­paign sell­ing tick­ets on a Mother’s Day bas­ket and was con­tacted by the Scotch­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment with a $1,000 do­na­tion.

She was also con­tacted by Sco­tia­bank in New Water­ford of­fer­ing to match what­ever she raised through the ticket sales. She raised $4,209 and that will be matched by the bank.

“When we cal­cu­lated what we sold in tick­ets and ended up rais­ing al­to­gether we couldn’t be­lieve it.”

Chief Ray­mond Ek­sal of the Scotch­town fire depart­ment said as soon as the fire­fight­ers learned of the cam­paign, they de­cided to take part.

“There’s no bet­ter cause to do­nate to than the safety and well-be­ing of our chil­dren, that’s our fu­ture.”

The fire depart­ment car­ries an AED on its fire truck but he said it’s im­por­tant also to have one at the school.

“In a sit­u­a­tion like that every sec­ond counts.”

Dar­ren Goo­goo, chair of the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board, said there are cur­rently 10 AEDs in local schools. He said two were pro­vided for stu­dents who have spe­cific med­i­cal is­sues and eight were do­nated to spe­cific schools.

“Should there be a med­i­cal re­quest in an in­di­vid­ual school we will pro­vide that de­vice, pro­vided there is a doc­u­mented med­i­cal need,” Goo­goo added.

SUBMITTED PHOTO/ASH­LEY OS­BORNE

Lau­rie Gar­diner, back right, of Gar­diner Mines, ac­cepts a cheque for $1,000 from Chief Ray­mond Ek­sal of the Scotch­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. The money will be used to pur­chase an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor for Green­field School in River Ryan. Tak­ing part in the pre­sen­ta­tion were from left, front, stu­dents Tay­lor Hur­ley, Elise Turner, Jax­son Gar­diner and in back, Ash­ley Os­borne, deputy fire chief, and Mag­gie MacNeil and Erin Turner of the Green­field Home and School As­so­ci­a­tion.

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