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MEDIA RELEASE - Family donates gift of life to local kindergarten

10 April 2018

Heywood’s youngest residents have been given the gift of life thanks to the generosity of a local family.

Heywood Kindergarten has recently been gifted an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) as part of a donation from the estate of the late Gayle Rundell.

The AED will be placed within easy reach inside the facility to help treat life-threatening conditions and emergencies.

Mrs Rundell’s family said they were proud to see the legacy of their wife, mother and grandmother continue on and help improve the lives of those at the kinder.

“Mum always loved being involved with the kindergarten and ensuring that all children had the opportunity to shine, so it was only fitting that we pass along some funds from her estate to one of the places she cared most about,” said daughter Rachael Evans.

“As a family we discussed a number of options of how and what we could donate to best make a difference, but in the end the AED was the obvious choice.

“Mum was a nurse so providing something that could ensure the health and safety of not just the children, but their families as well, was at the forefront of our minds. The AED will ensure any visitor to the kindergarten will now be safe in the event of an emergency.”

Ken Rundell, husband to the late Mrs Rundell, similarly expressed his pride.

“We are honored to pass along this donation to Heywood Kindergarten on behalf of Gayle, she would be delighted to know that she will be continuing to support her local kindergarten,” he said.

Heywood Kindergarten teaching director Corinna Bell said the generosity was simply overwhelming and would have a lifesaving impact.

“This AED will allow us to save the lives of our kinder children, it really is an invaluable donation,” she said.

“I cannot thank these families enough for their ongoing support and ensuring the future of the town’s youngest are in the safest possible hands.”

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