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November breakfast to launch national program

Guy Leech launches program nationally at November breakfast
Guy Leech will nationally launch the Defib Hero Community Program at the November Bundaberg Business Breakfast. Photo: contibuted.

The November Bundaberg Business Breakfast will be held in Childers and welcomes back former Ironman Guy Leech to celebrate the national launch of the Defib Hero Community Program.

Guy is the founder of Heart180 and spoke to attendees at the August breakfast event about the importance of community access to defibrillators in saving lives.

The mission of Heart180 is to place a defibrillator within three minutes of every Australian and reduce the number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

Following the successful August event, Guy approached Bundaberg Regional Council seeking to work towards launching Australia’s first Defib Hero Community Activation Program in the region.

The Defib Hero program involves educating the community to not only gain access to a defibrillator, but the necessary skills and confidence to use one in an emergency.

Working with community and businesses, Guy will lead the way in the uptake of training and access to defibrillators across the region through the program.

Heart180 will be conducting a 30-day activation where local groups can register the locations of all existing defibrillators in our region.

This data containing the location, condition and status of the defibs will be loaded onto the Defib Hero app.

Guy said he couldn’t wait to launch this world first automated external defibrillator (AED) initiative in Bundaberg.

“The Defib Hero Community Program will save locals lives,” Guy said.

“By registering, locating and training to use an AED we will raise the survival rates from out of hospital heart incidents.

“At the breakfast, I will be going through how the program was formulated and why it is so important.”

The Defib Hero Community Activation Program aims to establish Bundaberg as the region that leads Australia in access and training in defibrillator use.

The November breakfast is an initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council in conjunction with Childers Chamber of Commerce.

Childers Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Smith said the group was delighted in discussions with Bundaberg Regional Council to support this breakfast event and showcase the beautiful area, its people and business community to Australia.

“The Chamber supports any initiative that puts the spotlight on our wonderful community and in this case the amazing work being done by Guy Leech in his efforts to have defibrillators within three minutes of us all,” Margaret said.

”I trust that going forward the breakfast creates more awareness around the need for these life saving devices in our community, and that as a community we find a way to purchase them.”

November Bundaberg Business Breakfast

When: Wednesday 29 November – 7.30 to 8.30 am

Where: Isis Club – 46 Churchill Street, Childers

Cost: $30

Bookings can be made here.

The Defib Hero app is already available on the Apple store: defib hero – Apple (AU)