Defibrillators for clinics in Yasawa

(L-R) Captain Joe, South Sea Cruises CEO Brad Rutherford, Elenoa Nimacere and Heroes Need Heroes founder Mike Fawcett. Picture: SUPPLIED

AT least five defibrillators will be distributed to village clinics in the Yasawa Group as part of a new partnership between Vinaka Fiji and Australian charity Heroes Need Heroes Inc.

Vinaka Fiji, the charitable arm of the South Sea Cruises, has carried out a number of projects on islands in Yasawa over the years.

Through this new partnership, the people of Yasawa will also be able to have access to a mobile defibrillator via the South Sea Cruises vessel Yasawa Flyer II.

Costing about $F46,280, the project is also expected to bring Australian paramedics to teach lifesaving skills to villagers.

The mobile defibrillators were handed over by Heroes Need Heroes founder Mike Fawcett to personnel of South Sea Cruises.

According to South Sea Cruises Ltd CEO Brad Rutherford, the project was a timely one.

“The aim of the program is to improve the survival rates of those who suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” he said.

“We’re very grateful to Mike and the team from Heroes Need Heroes for working with us on this fantastic initiative which will provide many benefits for the people of Yasawa and their healthcare.”

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