Generous defibrillator donation

On 21 May, the Gatton Seniors Citizen Centre was generously gifted a vital defibrillator by the Gatton Lions in collaboration with the COTA Club. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

The Gatton Seniors Citizen Centre received a much-needed defibrillator donation on 21 May, thanks to the Gatton Lions in partnership with the COTA Club (Council on the Ageing).

The Lockyer Seniors Citizen group had never previously had a defibrillator available at the centre.

Gatton Seniors Citizen Centre vice president and treasurer Lorelle Grams said the group had been working to secure a defibrillator for many years before the Lions donation.

“It would be about three years ago I started to ask about defibrillator here,” she said.

“I finally thought recently, no, we desperately need one here now

we’ve got 130 members. 

“I reached out to the Lions because I’d heard about a number of their recent donations, and they came back and said, yes, we can get one for you.”

The Gatton Lions Club donated a publically accessible defibrillator inside the Gatton IGA mall back in February, as previously reported in the Independent. 

Gatton Lions Club secretary Lawrie Johansen, who has been involved with the Lions with his wife Marjory for more than 40 years, said the seniors centre should have a defibrillator readily available in case of emergencies.

 “They were interested in getting one and had never had one and we just thought that’s a bit odd they never had one,” he said

“So then we thought we need to do something.”

Gatton Seniors Citizen Centre vice president and treasurer Lorelle Grams encouraged everyone aged 50 and above to join the group and partake in enjoyable weekly activities.

“We have social days and fun social activities during the week, including music, morning tea’s, and guest speakers,” she said.

“People sort of think that because we are a seniors’ club they’ve got to be 80 and 90 to come.

“It’s open to seniors, which is anybody that is 50 and over.”