Tribune Staff Writer
The Arts for Hearts fundraiser at the Williams Lake Tourism Discovery last week was a success, said organizers Susann and Mike Wolf.
They raised more than $6,500 for their goal of purchasing six defibrillators for police cars in Williams Lake.
Wolf works as a doctor in the emergency room in Williams Lake and saw the need to purchase the defibrillators so that if both of the two ambulances in town are on call, emergency response (in this case the police) would still have lifesaving equipment.
“We want to change this for our community now,” he said during a presentation at the event.
Representatives from City Hall, the RCMP and BC Ambulance attended the sold-out event where people could take advantage of the art on display and different musicians while drinking italian sodas with names like “Rescue Me” and “Life Saver.”
Mark Kopp, a unit chief with BC Ambulance, had AEDs and defibrillators at a table and was explaining how to use the different lifesaving equipment.
“There are a lot of people asking great questions,” he said. “Once you let people know how simple it is to use a defibrillator you are taking away the fear of doing something wrong.”
Next up for Susann and Mike? “The sky is the limit.”
“If we fill the gap, if we meet our need, we can also put defibrillators in schools and the community,” Mike said.