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Lifesaving defibrillator installed at Taranaki Retreat

Taranaki Retreat, a community sanctuary created to provide a time-out space for families and individuals to stay, free of charge, when times are tough, is going to be even better equipped thanks to a brand-new defibrillator, installed with the help of Todd Energy.

From left: Suzy and Jamie Allen from Taranaki Retreat with their new defibrillator, together with Hamish McHaffie from Todd

Jamie Allen, who dreamed up the idea of creating a community safe haven with his wife Suzy following the death of their 12-year-old daughter Carrie, says the defibrillator is a welcome addition to the Retreat.

“We regularly host people at Taranaki Retreat who are more senior in years – and often people who aren’t in such good health because of what’s happened to them. The nearest defibrillator to us is in Oakura and even with a blue-light dash there and back, there’s no way we’d be able to access it in time to save a life.

“We’re so grateful to Todd Energy for their generous and caring support which has helped us to purchase and install an AED here at Taranaki Retreat.

“Using an AED within three to five minutes of a collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44%, so it is a massive comfort both to our guests and to our team knowing that there is now a defibrillator here on site when we need it. It will also provide a resource for the immediate community too, in case of need,” Jamie says.

Todd Energy’s General Manager, HR and Community Relations, Jane Snowden, says Todd realises the importance of supporting critical, lifesaving services in the Taranaki community.
“Taranaki Retreat is a fantastic – and much-needed – initiative here in Taranaki, and we’re really pleased to have been able to help Jamie, Suzy and the team with the purchase and installation of an onsite defibrillator.

“It’s comforting knowing this lifesaving equipment will be available to support the Retreat, its guests and the wider community if it’s needed.”