2008 - 2009, 2009 - 2010: Lucky Hearts Campaign
MMAE and Medic have partnered together to create The Lucky Hearts Campaign, a long-term project focused on increased cardiac arrest survival thru advocacy, education, and the increased availability of defibrillators (AEDs) in the community.
MMAE celebrated its 75th anniversary on February 21, 2009. On this occasion, MMAE hosted a gala to further their efforts in raising money for placing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) throughout Mecklenburg County.
Thus far, MMAE has raised $75,000 for the purchase of fifty-two (52) AED's to be distributed throughout the county to nominated businesses.
During 2009, our goal is to train AT LEAST 1000 people and deploy AT LEAST 20 defibrillators (AEDs) in this community. Medic will be offering FREE CPR classes to participating businesses and non-profits.
Once training has been completed, the MMAE will be providing each participating group with a FREE AED. Medic will assist in not only determining the appropriate placement for the device, but also in developing a response plan.
Organizations that are willing to train at least 50 people in CPR are encouraged to apply. Classes will take approximately 90 minutes and Medic will provide refreshments for the students. We will be focusing on organizations with larger numbers of employees/participants. There will also be special consideration given to non-profit organizations.
Lucky Hearts AED recipients to date include:
- East Mecklenburg High School
- Faith CME Church
- Nevins, Inc.
- Northside Baptist Church and Christian Academy
- The Salvation Army Center of Hope
- The Salvation Army Shelter House Services
- Thompson Child and Family Focus
- University Hills Baptist Church