The Canadian Mental Health Association’s community centre in Alberton will soon be included on a provincial registry of facilities with an automated external defibrillator (AED) available for the public’s use.
The West Prince Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada recently presented the facility with an AED. The MADD Chapter purchased the $1,800 device with funds from fundraising activities. “We wanted to do something different in the neighbourhood,” said the chapter’s treasurer, Edna Gallant. “Our MADD group is not all about fundraising; it’s about giving back to the community.”
She said the donation, like MADD’s message, is about helping to save lives. She noted the device provides voice prompts on its use as soon as it is switched “on.”
“It’s crucial to have in every facility,” said Julia Ramsay who accepted the donation on behalf of CMHA Alberton. “It’s going to be really good for our community centre to have it.”