Rangikura School seeks funds for defibrillator
A first aid course this year made Rangikura School teachers reflect on what they would do if someone at the school or in the community went into cardiac arrest.
The solution, they decided, was to install an automated external defibrillator.
Throughout term 1, pupils asked their parents, aunties and uncles, friends and neighbours to sponsor a walk to Aotea Lagoon to raise money for the initiative. The equipment will be housed on school grounds for the school and community to use.
‘‘I pray we never have to use it, but it’s something that will be worthwhile for us and the community,’’ principal Eddie Uluilelata said.
Between Tawa and Porirua, there are more than 30 defibrillators for the public to use if someone was to go into cardiac arrest.
Uluilelata said the board of trustees supported the idea and would help with funding the school’s defibrillator.
‘‘They’re popping up everywhere – supermarkets, schools and even businesses are getting involved, and we want to have one for our community.’’
A defibrillator costs about $3000 and Uluilelata is confi- dent money will have been raised to have one installed this year.
Rangikura pupils are excited about the school getting a defibrillator. Front, from left, Parepaora Farwasser, Kapreez Kingi and Manaia-Rain Vardey. Back, Dartagnan Wesche, left, and Andrew Andrews.