About the project
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):
- An average of only 9% of 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, 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.