The original Yellow Wiggle Greg Page suffered a cardiac arrest in January 2020 whilst performing on stage for a Bushfire Relief event. His life was saved by the quick actions of bystanders which included the use of a defibrillator. This event reinforced to Australia and the world that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and at any time.
The Keep the Beat Going fundraising campaign is championed by Greg Page to get lifesaving defibrillators in schools across Australia. Schools can be better prepared in their overall first aid response by investing in a defibrillator on site.
A cardiac arrest is when a person is unconscious and not breathing and it is vital that bystanders call 000, commence CPR and use a defibrillator before the Ambulance arrives to give the person a greater chance of survival.
So how does it work?
1. Visit Keep The Beat Going website for more details and to nominate your school for this program. A member of our Foundation will discuss the program with you and your school Principal and P&C.
2. Register your school to set up your fundraising page and receive your fundraising pack including fundraising posters, flyers and social media content
3. Start fundraising – Your fundraising target is $2,600.
4. Once your target is reached, you will receive a Heartsine 500P defibrillator package including a defibrillator, cabinet, prep kit, signage and a 1.5 hour training session for your school community hosted by the team at the Michael Hughes Foundation.
You can fundraise for a defibrillator for your school or if you already have one, your school can support another in need. The Michael Hughes Foundation can also support your school should you wish to buy a defibrillator package outright.
The Michael Hughes Foundation is an official partner in New South Wales to provide support to schools who register for this program. We help with all aspects of the campaign as well as the delivery, training and ongoing maintenance of the equipment.
Our organisation is a registered charity and social enterprise with a mission to Turn Bystanders into First Responders in medical emergencies. We support communities with defibrillator packages, first aid kits and first aid kits restock supplies and accredited first aid training courses (public and private).
Since 2015, the Michael Hughes Foundation has been supporting a range of schools in New South Wales with defibrillators, first aid training and drug awareness education.
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