Rangikura School seeks funds for de­fib­ril­la­tor

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

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