The Prince George Gymnastics Club has received a new, publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED) for their facility, courtesy of Team Bond and Heart & Stroke’s Big Bike annual fundraising drive. Team Bond raised a total of $13,786 in the B.C. and Yukon region to earn the privilege of choosing a recipient for an AED. Team Bond is once again the top fundraiser in the province.
“In the past 11 years, MLA Shirley Bond and her team, have raised almost $60,000 for Heart & Stroke. Placing more AEDs in our community fulfills our commitment to enabling faster, better cardiac emergency response and therefore survival rates,” says Mia Clement, Community Fundraising Coordinator, Northern BC & Yukon | Heart & Stroke. “We’re so grateful to their commitment over these years.”
“Our Big Bike team is very proud to support the efforts of Heart & Stroke to promote the availability of life-saving AEDs in places where they are needed most,” says Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “Our family is grateful for the exceptional care and support we received when my husband Bill had to undergo open heart surgery a number of years ago. We know that AEDs should be more available in public spaces and that is what prompted me to introduce legislation in the form of a private members’ bill that would make AEDs more available throughout the province.”
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation is very near and dear to my wife and I,” says Team Captain Shawn Rice. “Our son had open heart surgery when he was 3 months old and again at 8 years old. Placing an AED at the gymnastics club is something that is needed but hopefully never used.”
“I am honoured to have been part of Team Bond this year and to have been asked to accept this life saving device on behalf of the Prince George Gymnastics Club,” said parent Melanie Hanson. “This issue is very close to my heart as I am a cardiac event survivor, with children who also carry a genetic risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Cardiac arrest can happen at any age, at any time, to people of all fitness levels and often with little to no warning. My hope is that the AED will never need to be used, but for the many athletes, coaches, family members and spectators that visit the club each year it could mean the difference of life and death.”
“The Prince George Gymnastics Club is honoured to be able to provide access to a life saving device, not only for our members, but for all of the surrounding area,” said Jody Hinks of the Prince George Gymnastics Club. “We are very grateful to Melanie Hanson for nominating us, as well as Team Bond and the Heart & Stroke’s annual fundraising drive to make this possible.”