June 4, 2018
A “spare” defibrillator which has been placed at a handy location in Wondai could be a lifesaver if an emergency occurs nearby.
The Wondai parkrun group – which meets every Saturday at 7:00am on the nearby Rail Trail – was given an automatic defibrillator for emergency use if anyone collapsed during one of their events.
“It sits on a table at the start area for the duration of the run,” Wondai parkrun event director Cr Ros Heit said.
Run director Claire Kapernick said it seemed a waste to keep it in a cupboard for a week between events, so the group approached Dan Radunz, from Dan’s Diner, to see if he would be willing to provide a weekly home for the device.
Dan’s Diner is located in an area popular with tourists and locals alike, opposite the South Burnett Timber Museum and the Rail Trail.
And it’s almost a second home for the parkrunners, who go there for a coffee after their early morning runs.
Wondai parkrun volunteer Winston Burrows organised a mounting box for the defibrillator at Dan’s Diner, and collects the unit every Saturday morning ahead of the start of the parkrun.
“We just want to get the word out to the Wondai community that the defibrillator is here and can be used in an emergency,” Cr Heit said.