This year, those travelling on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) will be in safer hands than ever before.
Thanks to the hard work of the Lions Club of Waiuku, the GVR team will have a brand new defibrillator on hand.
Defibrillators are most often used in cardiac arrest situations. St John advise that if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of someone collapsing from a cardiac arrest, the patient’s chance of survival increases by up to 40%.
GVR Workshop Manager, John St Julian, is one of about 30 GVR active volunteers. “We’re very appreciative of the Waiuku Lions support. We would need to carry a whole lot of passengers to fund this type of equipment.”
Waiuku Lions Past President Lynda Mellor noted, “The defibrillator cost around $2000. That equates to many hours of volunteer work by the Lions team, running community bbqs, selling hot chips and firewood, and catering events. We’re happy to have helped GVR. You just never know what might happen, and so many people enjoy the railway.”
The GVR team are hoping they won’t ever need to use the defibrillator.
Though with over 30,000 passengers rolling along the tracks each year, they’re extremely grateful to have the life saving technology. Just in case!