News, Press - 28th May 2019



With more than 50,000 people enjoying one of 360 parkruns around Australia EVERY Saturday morning, and almost 800,000 runners and walkers registered, parkrun has become, without question the largest, most significant and game-changing running event in Australia. And it’s happening each and every Saturday.


However, with this huge growth comes the associated growing pains, one of these being the provision of the appropriate first aid at our events. Did you know that we replace the battery and pads on all units every 2 years?


We have also made it a requirement for all new events to launch with a defibrillator, this has increased the establishment funding for these prospective events. Your donation can help us launch more events sooner, and continue to offer parkrun in new communities all over Australia.


We want parkrun to be the safest possible environment for the community to get together and exercise and as such we’ve made it our goal to make that a reality.


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%


How can you help?


To donate to parkrun, please click here. 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.

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