News - 14th February 2017

Help us save you


With more than 32,000 of you enjoying one of 206 parkruns around Australia EVERY Saturday morning, and almost 420,000 runners and walkers registered, parkrun has become, without question the largest, most significant and game-changing running community in Australia.


However, with this huge growth comes the associated growing pains, one of these being the provision of the appropriate first aid at our events. We want parkrun to be the safest possible environment for your community to get together and exercise however we have identified that, as things currently stand, only a small percentage of our events have easy access to a defibrillator. As such we’ve made it our goal to change that.


So we’ve teamed up with:

  • Physio Control, the world leader in the development, manufacturing, sale and service of external defibrillators;
  • Guy Leech, Australia’s “#1 Fitness Guy”, a former world champion in Ironman and surf lifesaving competitions, and Director of Heart Safe Australia;
  • Scott Whimpey from First Aid Accident & Emergency, our official first aid kit provider; and
  • The team from the Australian Sports Foundation, who enable all of your donations to be tax deductible.

All with a single goal in mind -

‘for every parkrun event in Australia to have access to a defib by the end of 2017′.




Why is a defib important?


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) knows no boundaries. No matter where or when SCA strikes, early use of a defibrillator can help save lives. In Australia, approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services (EMS) each year (575 Australian’s every week):

  • An average of only 9% victims in Australia survive
  • It can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, even at parkrun
  • Early defibrillation is the single most effective treatment for SCA
  • Defibrillation within three minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival to over 70%
Guy Leech from Heart Safe Australia on the importance of defibs at parkrun.

Click on this image to watch Guy Leech from Heart Safe Australia talk about the importance of defibs at parkrun.


How can you help?


CLICK HERE and you will be taken to our Australian Sports Foundation ‘Defibs 4 parkrun‘ fundraising page. All of your donations will be tax deductible. Please give what you can today for the safety of all parkrunners in the future.


Remember to share your support using #Defibs4parkrun


Thank you in advance for your support.


Tim Oberg – CEO parkrun Australia



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