Keep The Beat Going Schools Campaign

Keep The Beat Going

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.

About Michael Hughes Foundation

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. 

The Foundations is a:

The Whittley Club of NSW Inc obtained a defibrillator through NSW Office of Sport grant program.  The assistance I received from Julie and the organisation was fantastic!  MHF helped guide me through the necessary paperwork and provided our members with thorough training in the use of the equipment.

- Narelle Baglin, Treasurer, Whittley Club NSW Inc.

Our CPR refresher course was great, and Kevin is just awesome! I don’t think we would want anyone else but Kevin from now on, we feel spoilt!

- Baber Rasheed, Community First Step, Fairfield

I just completed my HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course. It was the best first aid training I have ever done. Charnan is a fantastic trainer with such a wealth of experience.

- Karen Hope, General Manager People, Culture and Youth Programs, PCYC NSW

Since 2016, Stellar Learning has used Michael Hughes Foundation for all our first aid training. Our trainer Kevin is amazing… Not only does he do First Aid courses, he is a paramedic and very hands on. Kevin explains things in an easy manner and helps everyone throughout the course. I would recommend him and the Foundation to any business wanting to host a first aid course.

- Liv Taylor, Stellar Learning Group

Thank you MHF! Your first aid and CPR training were fantastic. We love your presenters because they always make the training so interesting for our staff by sharing real life knowledge and experience. Keep up the great work.

- Michelle Hanley, Risk Manager & State Member Protection Officer, Football NSW

The impact on each parent that has attended this course is immeasurable. The participants now have the skills to be able to stay calm and administer First Aid if faced with an emergency. This training has also enabled the participants to update skills for work or to help secure employment.

- Catherine Gregory, Hilltop Road Public School
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