MLA for Prince George-Valemount, Shirley Bond and her Big Bike team have been honoured with donating an Automated External Defibrillation to the community location of their choice. Together, the team chose to give the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Bond and her team are given the honour after raising more than 89 hundred dollars for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and winning as the highest fundraising team in the BC/Yukon region. “After thinking about it, it didn’t take long to decide on the Legion which is a special place to us as members of the Legion,” Bond said. “We just thought this was a natural space, an important public meeting space and we’re really honoured today to be able to gift this AED to the Prince George Legion.”
Yoko Heise is a School Programs Coordinator with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and she says the defibrillator will make a direct impact in the event that it might need to be used. “Heart Attacks happen every seven minutes in Canada so without this device, people could lose their lives,” she said. “You could save 75 per cent of lives with CPR with the AED so you could technically save lives in Prince George.”
According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, BC Emergency Health Services attends between 2,400 to 2,800 cardiac arrest calls each year. Collectively, Bond’s team has raised more than 25 thousand dollars over the last eight years. This is now Prince George’s 19th defibrillator available to be used in a public place in the event of a heart attack or cardiac arrest.