About the PARKRUN

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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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.

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

  • Jonathan Barry

    What are you waiting for?

  • Lee DEENEY

    Keep up the good work!!

  • David Kramer

    Congratulations on your fundraising efforts ASF! Keep it up! Dave

  • Peter Nisbet

    #defibs4parkrun! :) Keep up the great work @parkrunAU

  • Scott Peacock

  • Vikki Galvin

    As a thank you from me to help provide this precious item as family and friends interstate and overseas also take part in parkrun

  • Aldonio Ferreira

    Parkrun is awesome!

  • Phillip Whyte

    Lets hope its never needed to be used. thanks for organising!

  • Isobel Quick

    Many thanks to Torrens, Lochiel and Encounter Bay Park Runs.

  • Damian Thorpe

    Let's get these to every parkrun ASAP!

  • Andrew Charlton

    Go Tamworth Parkrun. Time to give back to something that has given so much, to so many. What a great way to start the weekend. Awesome.

  • Adrian Rudman

    Excellent initiative from an awesome organisation!!!

  • Leeanne Lyme

  • Matthew Farmer

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