What started as one event in 2011 has now grown to over 400 events, from the Australian outback to the bushlands of Tassie and everything in between with over 700,000 people taking part, parkrun has become, without question the largest, most significant community focussed event in Australia, and it's happening each and every Saturday.
parkrun is about bringing the community together in public parks and open spaces to have some fun in a friendly, social and supportive environment where you can walk, jog or run the 5k course (pushing a pram or with one dog on a short lead if you want to!), lend a helping hand as a volunteer in a wide range of super-easy roles, or simply spectate. We want parkrun to be the safest possible environment and for all of our events to have easy access to a defibrillator. As such we've made it our goal to make that a reality.
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):
How can you help?
To donate, please simply click the 'DONATE' button 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.
To make your donation click or scroll to the Fundraising Champions tab above.
Use this search function to find your champion.
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
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.