Ma­chine a life­saver but best not to be wanted

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Fin­gers crossed the South Waikato Sports and Events Cen­tre will never have to use its newly do­nated de­fib­ril­la­tor.

The Ro­tary Club of Toko­roa has just pur­chased a $3000 ma­chine, which can be used by any sport­ing or event group that ever finds it­self in need.

Pres­i­dent Brenda Watkins said they paid half while the re­main­der was sourced from Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional.

She said she ap­proached man­ager Heather Gaby and was told it was some­thing the cen­tre should have on hand in case of an emer­gency.

Gaby said she ap­proached the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s health and safety com­mit­tee and was told the de­ci­sion to grant the swim­ming pools a de­fib­ril­la­tor was still be­ing de­bated.

She said the cen­tre was stoked Ro­tary had backed the project.

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