Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

March 26, 2010 15:26 ET

Heart and Stroke Foundation Installs A New Life-Saving Defibrillator at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

Today, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated the installation of a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

The new AED was made possible by a contribution from the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation to the Heart&Stroke Restart a Heart, a Life Program and the Chase McEachern Tribute Fund. To date, 212 AEDs or associated training for these AEDs have been delivered under the Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City Program.

 "With the help of individuals, community groups and partners, like the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, one day AEDs will become as commonplace as fire extinguishers in Ontario, to save lives," says David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto was deemed a priority site because of its size and the number of cultural and recreational programs attended by thousands of community members. The placement of an AED at the centre will not only have the potential to save lives but also raise the awareness of the visitors about the importance of protecting our heart health and using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED when emergencies occur.

"The odds of survival are almost four times greater if someone performs CPR immediately, and when combined with early defibrillation, AEDs can increase survival rates to 50 per cent or more if delivered in the first few minutes," says Chief Bruce Farr, Toronto EMS. "We are very pleased with the potential of today's announcement to save lives."

"The Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with the Heart&Stroke Restart a Heart, a Life Program and the Chase McEachern Tribute Fund is providing life-saving equipment and training for effective use at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto," said Mrs. Lena Wong, Program Director of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. "Ethnic cultural and recreation facilities such as our centre are definitely safer places for Chinese Canadians of all ages because of this program."

"The Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is proud to be a funding sponsor for the placement of an AED at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto and to provide support for such an important initiative in our community," says Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, Vice-President of the Chinese Canadian Council. "The presence of defibrillator units in a cultural centre where Chinese Canadians gather almost every week will undoubtedly save lives." 

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, approximately 40,000 Canadians experience sudden cardiac arrest each year, the majority of which occur either at home or in public places. For every minute that passes without help, a person's chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by seven to ten per cent.

Contact Information

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    or
    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
    Helen Poon
    Community Mission Specialist
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    or
    Toronto Emergency Medical Services
    Kim McKinnon
    Coordinator Media and Public Information
    416-392-2255
    kmckinn2@toronto.ca