Newmarket and the CYGHA Orange Crush Hockey Team unveils its first outdoor AED SaveStation Tower
On July 29, Mayor John Taylor, alongside representatives from the Central York Girls Hockey Association's (CYGHA) Orange Crush Hockey team officially unveiled its first outdoor 24/7 SaveStation AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Tower located at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons. This AED SaveStation was purchased through funds raised by the team.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the members of the CYGHA Orange Crush Hockey team for their commitment to saving lives and for this generous donation that will make Newmarket safer,” says Mayor John Taylor. “In an emergency every second counts and I am thankful that if required our community will have access to the AED located inside this outdoor SaveStation. With this placement, Newmarket is one step closer to becoming a #cardiacsafe community.”
“We are very excited to see the placement of Newmarket’s very first outdoor 24/7 SaveStation AED tower at Riverwalk Commons which will now provide the public with access to a life-saving defibrillator 24/7,” says Trish Murphy, Manager of the CYGHA Orange Crush Hockey team. “This placement was made possible due to the fundraising efforts of the CYGHA Orange Crush Hockey team, who were inspired by the Chevy Good Deeds competition and Raychel Gillis, a grade 12 student who saved a man's life at a Newmarket hockey rink after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The girls hope this will inspire other businesses to get involved and help sponsor the placement of other outdoor SaveStations, in high traffic areas, throughout our community.”
This freestanding SaveStation Tower lights up at night and is marked for public use during emergencies. The technology built into this SaveStation allows for 24/7 monitoring of the AED to ensure it is always ‘ready for rescue’ and will take a picture when the cabinet is opened. This cabinet also keeps the AED warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
In Canada, each year, approximately 40,000 people suffer from cardiac arrests occurring outside a hospital setting. The majority happening at home or in a public place. Currently, only 10 per cent of people survive but studies show that the immediate use of an AED combined with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can increase the likelihood of survival by 75 per cent. When Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes, we are highly dependent on the public to step in and help. AEDs are safe for anyone to use and placing these life-saving devices in accessible indoor and outdoor public spaces will save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest.
In addition to the outdoor SaveStation at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons, indoor AEDs are available for public use at the Magna Centre, Municipal Offices, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre, Newmarket's Community Centre & Lions Hall, the Newmarket Youth Centre and Sk8 Park, the Newmarket Public Library, Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, Elman W. Campbell Museum, Gorman Outdoor Pool, the Lawn Bowling Club and Art Ferguson Club House.
Find out more about SaveStation and the easy-to-use crowdfunding platform that allows people to collectively work together to raise funds to place an AED in their community.
For more information on the CYGHA Orange Crush Hockey team’s inspiration behind this initiative, view their Empowering People to Save Lives Video.