Top pedallers win defibrillator for Kelowna retirement home
Kelowna’s Hawthorn Park retirement home received a new automated external defibrillator Monday afternoon, thanks to a local FortisBC team being the top fundraiser in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride.
The FortisBC Power Pedalers team raised $13,300 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
The top fundraising teams in each region are awarded an AED for their community.
Automated external defibrillators are small, portable devices that shock the heart into a normal rhythm.
“Placing more AEDs in our community fulfils our commitment to enabling faster, better cardiac emergency response and survival rates,” said Wendy Wright, Okanagan community development co-ordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Over the past four years, the local FortisBC Big Bike team has raised $31,428 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“It’s rewarding to our team that the AED is staying right here in our community,” said FortisBC team co-captain Andrea MacKenzie.