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Emergency Nursing Unit Manager Carolynn Worthing and Clinical Nurse Educator Megan Wicken, Woolgoolga Lions Club President Jean Vickery (far right) with fellow Lions members and the $35,000 defibrillator donated to Coffs Harbour Health Campus Emergency Department.

Woolgoolga Lions Donate the Gift of Life to Emergency Department

Mar 19, 2020

The hardworking members of the Lions Club of Woolgoolga have donated a much-appreciated defibrillator to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

 The life-saving piece of equipment for the Emergency Department is valued at $35,000 and brings the club’s support for the hospital to a remarkable $115,000 in the past five years.

 Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Unit Manager Carolynn Worthing said the defibrillator was a vital piece of equipment that could save lives.

 “Defibrillators can absolutely save the life of someone experiencing a cardiac arrest,” Ms Worthing said.

 “As soon as the Lions realised we needed this equipment, they generously offered the donation.

 “It’s important equipment that can make such a difference to our patients and their families.

 “We are so grateful for the support from a club whose volunteers have worked very hard over the past 12 months to raise the funds for this life-saving piece of equipment.”

 Club president Jean Vickery said the Woolgoolga Lions Club was focused on supporting its community, and medical equipment was a great way to do that.

 “It was a great pleasure for us to be able to donate the defibrillator because we know it is going to make a difference in ED – for the patients who might need the equipment and for the wonderful doctors and nurses who work there.”

 Ms Vickery also paid tribute to the club’s dedicated band of volunteers who man the Woolgoolga Waste Transfer station every weekend.

 “Every dollar collected in Transfer Station fees, apart from taxes, goes back into our community, and we have the volunteers, who give up their weekends, to thank for that.

 “The Lions Club also is grateful to Coffs City Council for its full support and confidence in our club to operate the facility on its behalf over many years,” she said.

 The Woolgoolga Lions Club has a long history of supporting Coffs Harbour hospital, with previous donations helping Maternity, Paediatric and Renal patients.

 Anyone wanting to join the Woolgoolga Lions Club, or volunteer their time on the Waste Transfer roster, can send an email to woolgoolga@lionsdistrict201n1.org.au

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