QFRS Allora officers, Captain Brett Bender and Lieutenant Peter Koina with the Lifeline View Automatic External Defibrillator provided by a donation of the Allora and District Campdraft Association.
QFRS Allora officers, Captain Brett Bender and Lieutenant Peter Koina with the Lifeline View Automatic External Defibrillator provided by a donation of the Allora and District Campdraft Association.

ADCA stumps up money for a defibrillator

THE Allora and District Campdraft Association (ADCA) has recently donated $2395 to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Services so it could buy a Lifeline View Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to be based at the Fire Station in Allora. QFRS Warwick Command's Inspector Hemmo de Vries said that the defibrillator would benefit the Allora and district community as the closest Queensland Ambulance Service Station was at either Warwick or Clifton.

The ADCA decision to give such a vital piece of equipment locally came from a suggestion by club members Clare and Errol Cooper of Cunningham. Research shows that each year almost 10,000 Australians die of heart attack and one in four people lose their life within the first hour after initial symptoms.

"Having this piece of equipment available in the local Allora community provides peace of mind to all residents," said Clare Cooper. "We're hoping that it won't have to be used, but if it is needed and saves just one life, then the donation will be invaluable."

In recent times AEDs have become simpler to use and have gained wide acceptance in the general community as a necessary piece of first aid equipment. Training in the use of AEDs and regular maintenance programs are carried out by QFRS, to ensure all firefighters have skills in using the equipment. However, the selected Lifeline View AED is the only external defibrillator that integrates video, voice, pictures and text to help save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim in real time. During an emergency, the View AED guides a rescuer through each step of CPR and defibrillation, showing and telling the rescuer what to do to save a life. Therefore you simply switch on the defibrillator and follow the prompts, enabling someone without training to operate the machine.

Glenn Evans, ADCA president Glenn Evans said the Club was keen to return funds raised at the annual campdraft to the local community and he hoped that this year ADCA could continue working with the Allora Show Society to improve the facilities at the showground. Members also planned to donate to the charity group Aussie Helpers, who provided support to farming families throughout Australia in times of need.

In 2013, ADCA made donations of $500 each to Careflight, Cancer Council Queensland and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. The Allora Pony Club also received $500 to help with equipment purchases, in return for operating the bar over the weekend of the campdraft.

The club is busy preparing for the 2014 ADCA Campdraft, which will be held at the Allora Showground, deferred owing to the wet until the weekend of April 26 and 27. This year's campdraft nominations have been capped at 700 first-round runs, plus finals on the Maiden, Novice and Open drafts, giving a total of about 800 head of cattle to be used over the weekend. Cattle have been loaned from West Talgai feedlot (David Brown), Glengowrie feedlot (Mike and Jacinta Bashford), Kevin Ryan, John and Mary Ryan, Layton Free, Philip Christensen, Scott Christensen, Rod McLennon and Damien McMahon.

ADCA members expect the ground will be in good order after the huge amount of recent rain. Over the past 12 months the ADCA has spent close to $3000 on the Eastern half of the showground arena, deep ripping the ground, applying gypsum and compost, which was then incorporated, before being sown to couch grass and watered.

This was carried out under the advice of the agronomist Craig Blackett from Raff Rural Supplies in Clifton, who had previously worked with Pittsworth Campdraft Club on their facility. The ADCA also acknowledges the assistance generously given by Geoff Willett of Maydan Feedlot for providing the compost, Judd Bros for the cartage and Andy Burton of Cunningham for spreading of the manure and fertiliser. Club members Ted Cowley, Glenn Evans and Errol Cooper have all spent a great deal of time on the tractor and moving irrigation pipes during the whole process.

Action starts at 6am on Saturday, April 26, with the Maiden A and B, followed by Juvenile, Junior, Restricted Open drafts and the evening Bareback Cut-out, which always provides great entertainment. It's a 6am start on Sunday as well, with the Novice and Open drafts, followed by finals before the weekend wraps up with the Encouragement draft.

Presentation of the new defibrillator will take place at 4pm on Saturday afternoon at the campdraft. Entry to the showground is free throughout the weekend and everyone is welcome to come and see some of the campdrafting action.



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