Prince George – Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and her team give back to the community

Gifts lifesaving device to the Prince George Legion

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – November 7, 2016 – The Bike Bike team organized by Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond has won the Heart & Stroke Big Bike special recognition in the Northern BC, Yukon region for being the team that raised the highest amount, at $8,920.70. They earned a life-saving Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit to be placed in a community location of their choice.

On November 7th at 11:00 a.m., on behalf of Team Bond, the Heart and Stroke Foundation will present the Prince George Legion with the AED as the chosen location for the placement.

Shirley and her team have participated in the Big Bike event for 8 years, raising more than $25,000 during that time to support lifesaving research and programs.

“While we have always supported the efforts of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this became much more personal when my husband Bill had to undergo open heart surgery. We are deeply grateful for the medical care and the support we received during that experience,” said MLA Shirley Bond.  “I am so proud of my team and co-Captain Shawn Rice for the hard work they did to help us achieve this goal. Shawn’s son had heart complications at a very early age and supporting Big Big is a way for the Rice family to show their gratitude.  We were honoured to choose the Prince George Legion as the recipient of our AED.”

“The Legion is honoured to accept this AED and is grateful for the continued support. This is an important addition to our branch and goes a long way to help our veterans and patrons if needed,” said Margaret Goings, President of Legion Branch #43.

Cardiac arrest strikes suddenly and affects people of all ages. BC Emergency Health Services attends between 2,400-2,800 cardiac arrest calls each year. Without immediate help, someone in cardiac arrest could suffer brain damage within three minutes; after 12 minutes survival is unlikely.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are small, portable devices that deliver an electrical shock to the heart to allow it to get back into a normal rhythm after a cardiac arrest. AEDs can be used quickly and safely by the general public before Emergency Health Services arrive. AED use combined with CPR in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest can double the chance of survival.

 About the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.

A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. heartandstroke.ca

 

About Big Bike

Heart&Stroke Big Bike is one of the primary community fundraising events for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This fun-filled event earned its name from the 30-seat bicycle teams of energetic riders who pedal through 200 communities in nine provinces coast to coast – raising awareness and funds along the way.