About the project

With more than 25,000 people enjoying one of 200 parkruns around Australia EVERY Saturday morning, and almost 400,000 runners and walkers registered, parkrun has become, without question the largest, most significant and game-changing running event in Australia. And it’s happening each and every Saturday.


However, with this huge growth comes the associated growing pains, one of these being the provision of the appropriate first aid at our events. We want parkrun to be the safest possible environment for the community to get together and exercise however we have identified that, as things currently stand, only a small percentage of our events have easy access to a defibrillator. As such we've made it our goal to change that.


With your help, we believe that every event can have access to a defib by the end of 2017.


Why is a defib important?


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) knows no boundaries. No matter where or when SCA strikes, early use of a defibrillator can help save lives. In Australia, approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services (EMS) each year (575 Australian’s every week):

  • An average of only 9% victims in Australia survive
  • It can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, even at parkrun
  • Early defibrillation is the single most effective treatment for SCA
  • Defibrillation within three minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival to over 70%

How can you help?


To donate to your home parkrun, please click on the yellow 'Donate to the team' tab above and then use the search function to find your event. If your home parkrun already has access to a defib but you would still like to donate to the cause, please simply click the blue 'MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION' box above. Please give what you can today for the safety of all parkrunners in the future.


Remember to share your support using #Defibs4parkrun


Thank you in advance for your support.

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Case study

On Saturday the 30th of July 2016 we had a very near miss at parkrun.

One of our parkrunners, Chris Massingham, suffered a cardiac arrest at the finish line of New Farm parkrun and, if it wasn't for the quick action of our nearby parkrunners, we're told he would not be with us today.

In the words of Chris' daughter -

"As soon as I noticed my Dad collapsed, the ambulance was called and a lady, who was a registered nurse, began performing CPR, with the assistance of some amazing men. After a good amount of time performing CPR, the ambulance arrived and were able to revive Dad using a defibrillator. If it wasn't for this CPR and the subsequent defibrillator, Dad would not be with us today."

It is stories like this that have inspired us to follow this path.

Copy and paste this URL in your browser to see the Defibs in action - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4zSkjKljI

Together, we can do this

A defib costs around $2,000 per unit. With 200 events in Australia (and growing), this is a serious amount of funding required. However let's not forget we have almost 400,000 members with 25,000 active each week... so if the majority gave just $2, we'd achieve this target.

It can be done.

To donate to your home parkrun, please click on the 'Donate to the team' tab above and then use the search function to find your event. If your home parkrun already has access to a defib or has already raised the required $2,000 but you would still like to donate to the cause, please simply click the 'MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION' box above. These funds will be diverted to events that don't raise the full $2,000. Please give what you can today for the safety of all parkrunners in the future.

  • Jeannette Bates

    Please contribute to Yokine parkrun's defibrillator.

  • Belinda Allain

    thanks to all at Launceston Parkrun for your donations for the fruit.

  • Mark Robertson

    Well done to everyone who volunteers each week for the Park runs. A great community occasion for people to meet new friends and get fit.

  • Kindly donated from the Berrinba Runners

  • Paul Sheahan

    You offer a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy themselves and get a little bit fitter and healthier in the process!

  • Julie Buyel

    This is a fantastic initiative from parkrun Australia. Thankyou for saving lives.

  • Anja Platzek

  • David Forster

    This is for the balance and purchase of a defibrillator for Applecross Parkrun - a very well conducted weekly event -accenting fun and participation.

  • Kay Roper

    Parkrun is such a great initiative, a small donation is a good way to say "thanks"!!

  • Sean Fishlock

    Good cause

  • Sheridan Howe

  • Louise Mccall

    Let's hope no has to use the refribulater at Mullum Mullum Parkrun

  • Jonathan Barry

    What are you waiting for?

  • Lee DEENEY

    Keep up the good work!!

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