New defibrillator at The Haven Outrigger Club

Founder and CEO of Heart of the Nation Greg Page and Vice President of Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club Kerry Miller with the new defibrillator

Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch has welcomed the installation of a new defibrillator at Terrigal Haven provided to Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club under the former state government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Program.

“This new life-saving device will play a big part in keeping not only the members of Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club safe, but also the wider community using the Haven for recreational purposes,” Crouch said.

“There are already a number of places across the Central Coast where these life-saving devices can be found, and I’m proud that the haven is the newest location for this device.”

Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club President Louise Vangestel said the installation of the new defibrillator was an important addition for the community.

“Heart issues can affect any one of any age, so we also felt it very important to have it available for the community, as well as for our youth and veteran programs which we will be rolling out over the next year,” she said.

In a display of community spirit, the Canoe Club partnered with Heart of the Nation and Mounties Group to donate weatherproof housing for the new defibrillator.

Heart of the Nation founder and CEO Greg Page said having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) accessible on a 24/7 basis was incredibly important as sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime.

“We commend Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club for making their AED accessible to the public, so it has the greatest chance of saving a life.” he said.

Mounties Group President John Dean said Tarragal Outrigger Canoe Club was taking a significant step towards ensuring wellbeing of its members and visitors.

“The quick access to life-saving equipment like an AED can make all the difference in critical moments, and we’re pleased to be able to help Heart the Nation and the Canoe Club with ensuring this device is properly fitted,” he said.

Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch