Legacy Trust has provided a vital piece of equipment to support Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club’s endeavour to establish a flagged area at Papamoa East.
Papamoa Surf Life Saving chairman Andrew Hitchfield says the gifting of a portable defibrillator has come at a perfect time.
“Because of the growth of our community, we are starting a flagged area at Papamoa East for a month over Christmas. Along with all the required equipment, a defibrillator was a necessity.
“We are extremely grateful to Legacy Trust, as having a portable defibrillator will assist us in our mission to prevent drownings and save lives,” Andrew says.
Legacy Trust founder Greg Brownless says Legacy is keen to support such a life-saving device.
“The provision of life-saving defibrillators is an initiative we are keen to champion across the greater Tauranga area. We will be financially backing more of these devices which, even if not actually used, provide peace of mind to so many people,” Greg says.
The defibrillator can easily be used by lay people in a cardiac arrest emergency and goes beyond what can be achieved by CPR. Early defibrillation can increase someone’s chance of survival from three per cent to more than 70 per cent, according to the Red Cross.
While Legacy is synonymous with end-of-life services, this funeral company is becoming increasingly known for its life-saving initiatives. Over recent years Legacy has gifted Automated External Defibrillators to Tauranga Squash Club and Mount Sports Club, and now to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club also. The Legacy Trust is the owner of Legacy Funerals and distributes all the earnings from the company to community and charitable causes in the greater Tauranga area.