HANDOVER: Kingaroy Men's Shed president Phil Day receives the defibrillator from Kingaroy Rotary Club president David Black.
HANDOVER: Kingaroy Men's Shed president Phil Day receives the defibrillator from Kingaroy Rotary Club president David Black. Laura Blackmore

How community group's donation could save lives

KINGAROY Rotary Club has made another potentially life-saving donation by donating a defibrillator to the Kingaroy Men's Shed.

Rotary president David Black attended the official handover this morning.

The life-saving device is located in a laminated box outside the shed and will be able to be accessed by the Men's Shed, plus six other businesses in the area with a key to the unit.

Kingaroy Men's Shed president Phil Day said having the defibrillator installed at the shed provided a sense of comfort.

"Because of the age of our members and location outside of town, it is a great thing to have access to in case of an emergency,” Mr Day said.

"It also gives other businesses close by the opportunity to use it.

"As we are a non-for-profit organisation, we weren't able to afford something like this, so the extra help from the Kingaroy Rotary Club has been terrific.”

David Black shows Phil Day the elements of the newly installed defibrillator at the Men's Shed.
David Black shows Phil Day the elements of the newly installed defibrillator at the Men's Shed. Laura Blackmore

It is one of the 18 defibrillators the Kingaroy Rotary Club has donated in the South Burnett.

Kingaroy Rotary spokesman Ray Pitt said it was the 16th defibrillator that had been installed in the region, and two more would be ready in the coming months.

Kingaroy Men's Shed vice-president Eric Ford said the group was pleased to be able to accept the device.

"It's a grand donation from the Kingaroy Rotary Club to the community,” Mr Ford said.

"We are happy to be managing the service at the Men's Shed.”

One of the eight businesses to have access to the defibrillator is the Kingaroy Observatory, and owner James Barclay said being 200m away from the Men's Shed was a huge bonus.

"We have people from all ages passing through the observatory from five years old to 100,” Mr Barclay said.

"They are mainly there at night-time, so having access to the defibrillator is a very good thing in case of an emergency.

"For the Kingaroy Rotary Club and Kingaroy Men's Shed to work together to put this device in our community is a sign of good will.

"You can't put a price on good health.”

The local businesses, including the Men's Shed, that will have access to the defibrillator are Kingaroy Airport, Kingaroy Soaring Club, Kingaroy RSPCA, Kingaroy Vintage Machinery Club, South Burnett JR Motorcycle Club and the Kingaroy Observatory.

LIFE-SAVER: Members of the Kingaroy Rotary Club and Men's Shed gather to celebrate the instalment of the defibrillator.
LIFE-SAVER: Members of the Kingaroy Rotary Club and Men's Shed gather to celebrate the instalment of the defibrillator. Laura Blackmore
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