Annette’s Place in Young is 'heart safe'

Annette’s Place is the first early education and child care service in Young to purchase a defibrillator and be announced as 'Heart Safe' by the Adopt-A-Defib group.

The centre was able to purchase a defibrillator for the community after donations from staff and families.

Annette’s Place Educational Leader Jackie Osborne said they were honoured to join other businesses in the community by investing in this life-saving initiative.

Heartwarming: Hayley Walker, Kathryn Simpson, Kim Shoard, Samuel Cartwright, Wynter Osborne and Chloe Buck.

Heartwarming: Hayley Walker, Kathryn Simpson, Kim Shoard, Samuel Cartwright, Wynter Osborne and Chloe Buck.

"Annette’s place recognises how valuable a defibrillator can be in the event of cardiac arrest, and we're honoured to join other businesses in the community and have an AED on site," she said," she said.

"Defibrillators increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. One of the aim's of Adopt-A-Defib is to support Business, Clubs and School with an affordable Defib package." 

Annette’s place recognises how valuable a defibrillator can be in the event of cardiac arrest, and we're honoured to join other businesses in the community and have an AED on site. - Jackie Osborne

Founder of Adopt-A-Defib Angie De Falco congratulated Annette's Place Inc. for taking a proactive approach rather than reactive to save lives and becoming a 'Heart Safe' school.

"No matter the cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, one thing always remains the same – what happens in the first five minutes holds the key to survival," she said.

"Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of Australia's biggest killers - it strikes suddenly without warning to anyone, anytime, any place of any age." 

Young First Aid educator Kim Shoard said every minute after a person collapses their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

“Using a Defibrillator PAD can increase chances of survival dramatically,” she said.

Annette’s Place would like to encourage other education services and business in the Young community to consider purchasing a Defibrillator. 

The Defibrillator is embedded in a cabinet on the wall of your workplace, club or school and it can mean the difference between life and death if someone collapses unexpectedly.  

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