Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017 – Today, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community.

Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County.

According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes.

“For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR is used in combination with an AED the chance of surviving is doubled,” said Paul Boshart, an advanced care paramedic with GWPS.

Steven Kraft, CEO of the Guelph Public Library, said he and his staff are pleased to partner with the paramedics on this initiative.

“Donating to this initiative can help save a life and possibly the life of a friend, colleague, or family member. I am confident this fundraiser will be a success as Guelph is a generous and caring community.”

Since 2014, the GWPS Ride for Heart bike team has raised $15,473 for  Heart & Stroke and 11 AEDs have been placed in Guelph and Wellington County.

Past recipients include Guelph Public Library, Jean Little Public School, The Maryborough Community Centre, University of Guelph, John McCrae Public School, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Arbor Family Medical Centre, Downey Road Family Medical Centre, Quebec Street Family Medical Centre, Drayton Family Medical Centre, and the City of Guelph.

Media contacts

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
Emergency Services
519-822-1260 extension 2105

Lisa Cunningham
Communications Coordinator
Guelph Public Library
519-824-6220 extension 239