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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Rotary Club Donates Three Life-Saving AED Devices To Vermilion Condos


Back from left, Bruce MacDuff, Robert Snelgrove, George Matechuk, Ted Etherington, Eugene Wasylik, Kirby Whitlock, and Ron Fahselt. Front row from left, Kim Wayslik-Nicoll, Linda Nelson, Jean Murie, Linda Everest, and Norma Grasby. Photo submitted

In a heartfelt gesture of community service, the Vermilion Rotary Club extended a helping hand to Horizon Place, Valley View Terrace, and The Maples in Vermilion by presenting each condominium with a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device. This act of goodwill came to fruition on September 5, when the club delivered these life-saving devices to the grateful recipients.

The Rotary Club’s benevolent contribution was made possible by the surplus funds accumulated from its highly successful garage sale fundraising event held earlier in the spring. Eugene Wasylik, a member of the Vermilion Rotary Club, expressed their motivation behind this selfless endeavor, stating, “We had some surplus funds left from the garage sale, so we decided to purchase and donate the AED devices to these three condominiums because the funds are meant to benefit our community. Moreover, we received a request from a resident at Horizon Place who reached out to us, highlighting the need for these devices in our condominiums. If we can save just one life with a device placed in these buildings, it is worth it.” Wasylik went on to emphasize that their commitment to the community extends beyond the donation of AED devices. Approximately 15 residents from the three condominiums have been provided with comprehensive instruction on how to operate these devices effectively, ensuring they are well-prepared to respond to emergencies.

This commendable initiative by the Vermilion Rotary Club is part of a long-standing commitment to enhancing public safety within the town. Over the past decade, the organization has strategically placed approximately 15 AED devices throughout the town, reinforcing their dedication to safeguarding the health and well-being of Vermilion residents.

The Rotary Club of Vermilion’s remarkable efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of their community serve as an example of how local organizations can make a profound impact on the lives of residents. With each new AED device, they are not only providing a vital piece of equipment but also the hope of saving lives in times of crisis.

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