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Posted November 29, 2012

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Philanthropy

WRHBA Donates Life Saving Defibrillator to Local Hot Spot

WATERLOO REGION - Each year the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) donates funds raised at its Annual Fall Charity Golf Classic to a Charity of Choice.

This year WRHBA chose to align itself with The Mikey Network whose mission is to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles. The Mikey Network is committed to placing “MIKEYS” (Public Access Defibrillators) in as many locations as possible so that people affected by sudden cardiac arrest might have a second chance at life. Time is of the essence for a victim of cardiac arrest, and a MIKEY can bring a life saving shock within minutes – even before emergency services personnel can arrive.

WRHBA is pleased that proceeds from its 2012 Fall Charity Golf Classic allowed the Association to purchase two MIKEYs. WRHBA President Brian Campbell was honoured to present one to Golf’s Steak House and Seafood Restaurant, the Association’s monthly dinner meeting venue, in honour of their good community stewardship. Gus Kanellis, General Manager stated “we would like to thank the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association for choosing our establishment as the recipient of the defibrillator. The WRHBA has always been regarded as a trusted association with a high level of commitment to not only its members, but to the community it serves. We are humbled that we were chosen for this life saving machine, it will be a great asset to us and our Health and Safety initiative and could one day, assist us in saving a life”. Golf’s Steak House welcomes more than 3,000 people through its doors each week; this life saving device is a much needed safety precaution that many companies should invest in.

The second MIKEY found its home at the Association’s Waterloo office. The unit itself is portable which allows staff to bring it to all of the Association’s events. Annually, WRHBA hosts over 2,000 members of the association and guests from within the community.


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