St John helps in matters of the heart

Here at the Dogs’ Homes, we often talk about dogs capturing our hearts. But heart health is an important issue, and we recently benefitted from the donation of a lifesaving defibrillator to our Hobart Home.

St John Ambulance Tasmania’s donation through its Community Safe Program means we can take positive action if a sudden heart emergency strikes a visitor, volunteer or staff member, until medical help arrives.

Automated external defibrillators are now found in many public spaces and can be used by anyone by providing simple, step-by-step visual and audio instructions. They analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

St John Tasmania CEO Andrew Paynter said as a wholly self-funded charity, St John was acutely aware of the challenges charities face in the current economic climate.

St John Ambulance Tasmania CEO Andrew Paynter, left, with Dogs’ Homes CEO Mark Wild and Dudley, who has been adopted.
St John Ambulance Tasmania CEO Andrew Paynter, left, with Dogs’ Homes CEO Mark Wild and Dudley, who has been adopted.

“We are delighted to give a defibrillator to the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania, as they share our values of compassion, dedication, and service to the community,” he said. 

“Every minute without defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by 10 percent, so having a defibrillator on site can make a huge difference,” he added. “We hope that this gift will help them continue their important work as well as inspire others to support them in any way they can.”

Dogs Homes CEO Mark Wild gave his heartfelt thanks to St John Tasmania for their generous donation. 

“This not only enhances the safety of our team and visitors but also allows us to redirect funds to the well-being of the dogs in our care,” he said. “Thank you, St John Ambulance Tasmania, for your commitment to community safety and support during what is a challenging time for us and many Tasmanians.” 

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