Top ped­allers win de­fib­ril­la­tor for Kelowna re­tire­ment home

The Daily Courier - - CITY - By Daily Courier Staff

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.

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