Bethany Community Support chosen to receive St John Ambulance Victoria defibrillator

Heartfelt: St Johns instructor Jonathon Barge was guiding Bethany Community Support staff Danielle Lavithis and Kristie Low in the use of their new defibrillator earlier this week. Picture: Anthony Brady.
Heartfelt: St Johns instructor Jonathon Barge was guiding Bethany Community Support staff Danielle Lavithis and Kristie Low in the use of their new defibrillator earlier this week. Picture: Anthony Brady.

Bethany Community Support have proven they really are all heart.

The multi-faceted south-west support agency was one of just five Victorian businesses to receive a defibrillator last week as part of the Heart Foundation’s Heart Week.

The life-saving equipment was gifted by St John Ambulance Victoria as part of their campaign to increase public access to the emergency apparatus.

Bethany Community Support manager Danielle Lavithis said it was reassuring to host the equipment.

“It gives us the opportunity to assist members of the community with this life-saving equipment should the need arise,” she said. “And as far as I know we’re the only one’s in this complex to be installed with one.”

St John  instructor Jonathon Barge said BCS was chosen to receive the defibrillator in recognition of their service to the community and their central location in Warrnambool 

“It’s really important for as many businesses as possible to have defibrillators close at hand,” he said. “It really is a life-saving piece of equipment.”

Bethany Community Support offer a range of services including financial counselling, gambler’s help, tenancy assistance and advocacy, family services, housing support and emergency relief services.

In the last financial year the group assisted more than 800 south-west individuals with emergency assistance.

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