From left (top): Andrew Lotto, Manager, Resuscitation Programs, HSF, Howie Cappell, Creator of Hearty-Har-Har, Jim McKay, North District Supervisor City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Aldona ...
TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - To coincide with the start of Heart Month,
the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Heart&Stroke Restart a Heart, a Life ProgramTM, and Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Cardiac Safe City
celebrate the installation of two Automated External Defibrillators
(AEDs) at Toronto Botanical Gardens, one of the city's most popular and
frequented parks. The placement of these AEDs was made possible thanks
to Howie Cappell's 3rd annual Hearty-Har-Har comedy event and title sponsor, MNP LLP.
The inaugural Hearty-Har-Har, a comedy show for a stand-up cause, was
organized in memory of Cappell's late father, Murray Cappell, who died
after suffering a stroke in 1997.
"When I first started Hearty-Har-Har my goal was simple - put my
newfound comedic skills to use and raise funds while honouring my
parents, Pearl and Murray Cappell," explains Howie Cappell, creator of
the annual Hearty-Har-Har. "For the past three years I have enjoyed
bringing together my family and friends around this important cause
that has touched so many. Being able to leave a legacy behind in the
community with these AEDs is an honour. It is a privilege to see the
funds we have contributed make a tangible impact."
Hearty-Har-Har was conceived in 2009, after Cappell completed a stand-up
comedy writing course at Humber College. With help from the Heart and
Stroke Foundation, the Hearty-Har-Har event has raised $60,000 for
heart and stroke research. Visit www.heartyharhar.com for more information and this year's event picture gallery.
Given the size of the grounds, two AEDs were installed, one fixed in
Edwards Gardens and one mobile on Sunnybrook Grounds in a roaming
supervisor's vehicle that is manned 16 hours a day, 7 days a week and
represents a unique venture for Toronto EMS, Cardiac Safe City and HSF.
Partnering with Toronto Parks and Recreation and other city divisions
led to the successful placement of two AEDs and training of site staff.
"Toronto EMS emergency medical dispatchers and paramedics know that in a
cardiac emergency seconds can make the difference between life and
death," says Gayle Pollock Commander, Toronto EMS, Cardiac Safe City
Program. "We are delighted to support the installation of these two new
AED units and encourage all Toronto residents to be trained in CPR and
Since 2006, The Restart a Heart, a Life Program has worked in
partnership with public access defibrillation programs to place AEDs in
high traffic, high use facilities across the province. To date, the
program has placed over 3,000 AEDs resulting in 35 lives saved. The
Heart and Stroke Foundation's partnership with the Toronto EMS, Cardiac
Safe City Public Access Defibrillator Program has helped placed over
350 AEDs in public venues across the City of Toronto.
"Placing AEDs in these areas is of critical importance since cardiac
arrests can happen at any moment," says Andrew Lotto, Manager,
Resuscitation Programs, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "With the
continued support of the public, community groups and funding partners
one day AEDs will become as commonplace as fire extinguishers in
Ontario, to save lives."
When a person is in cardiac arrest, seconds count. When CPR is combined
with the use of an AED in those early minutes, an individual's chance
of surviving a cardiac arrest increases to up to 75%. Without CPR and
defibrillation, fewer than five per cent of people who have a cardiac
arrest outside of a hospital survive.
The new CPR guidelines stress early recognition, urging people to call
9-1-1 or their local emergency number if they ever find someone
collapsed and unresponsive, and not to delay by 'looking, listening
and feeling' for breathing or pulse. They also recommend that instead
of trying to remember how many compressions and how many breaths,
bystanders doing CPR are urged simply to remember to "push hard and
push fast" on the centre of the chest. The Heart and Stroke Foundation,
a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease
and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of
research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and
Image with caption: "From left (top): Andrew Lotto, Manager, Resuscitation Programs, HSF, Howie Cappell, Creator of Hearty-Har-Har, Jim McKay, North District Supervisor City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Gardens, Allison Uher, Regional Marketing Manager MNP LLP. From left (bottom): Sandra Page, AED Specialist, Resuscitation Programs, HSF, Gayle Pollock, Commander, Cardiac Safe City, Toronto EMS (CNW Group/Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C9080_PHOTO_EN_9587.jpg
SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
For further information:
Specialist, Resuscitation Programs Communications
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Phone: 416-489-7111 ext. 736
Coordinator Public Information & Media
Toronto Emergency Medical Services