Defibrillator fundraiser fit for a purpose Curves Willetton

Julie Marian at Curves in Willetton, which has raised enough money to buy a defribillator. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d444187
Julie Marian at Curves in Willetton, which has raised enough money to buy a defribillator. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d444187

A FUNDRAISING campaign to equip a local gym with a defibrillator ended after just six weeks following overwhelming community support.

It was a great result for Curves Willetton owner Julie Marian, who sought to purchase the life-saving machine following an emergency in the gym earlier in the year.

“I had a lady collapse and it made me realise we have people of all ages and fitness levels, so we should have a defibrillator,” Mrs Marian said.

The more than 250 members rose to the occasion and raised $2650 through raffles, garage sales and other donations, allowing the gym to purchase the machine in September.

She said she had since registered the gym as a St John’s First Response location.

“Before we registered as a First Response location, the two closest defibrillators were in Bull Creek and the Riverton Leisureplex,” Mrs Marian said.

She said she was thrilled that community spirit had enabled the gym to be a safe place for the wider area.

“It seems funny that we wanted to spend so much money on something we never want to use,” she said.