The Milton district branch of the Country Women’s Association received a very special delivery last month of $3000 defibrillator, thanks to an anonymous donor.
The group applied for a grant to install the machine at the Milton CWA hall, unfortunately they were unsuccessful.
“Mrs Bartlett who arranges guest speakers knew we interested in defibrillators and arranged Glenn to come and speak with us,” CWA member Sandy Aureli said.
“He came in to talk to us about the whole thing and impressed us all with the machine, and his knowledge.
“A few days later I got the message we didn't get the grant. It was a bit of a shock because we have usually got the grants we have applied for – we have been extremely lucky.”
The members were devastated Sandy said and were earnestly counting how many sausage sizzle days they would need to hold to fund the machine themselves.
Word spread quickly along the bush telegraph and Glenn received a phone call from someone who asked to anonymously donate a defibrillator to the Milton branch.
“Then a miracle happened,” Sandy said.
“In walked Danielle with this big box and it was a defibrillator.”
Danielle Congram said the person simply wanted “to do something nice for the CWA”.
“It's a whole different ball park when someone does things and wants to remain anonymous,” Glenn said.
“That’s when you know they are doing it for the right reasons.
“I think it's a credit to the CWA, given the dynamics of the age groups there, that they have taken to installing a defibrillator.
“It's a proven point that defibrillator used early save lives.”
Sandy said the group are shocked by the generous act and wish to thank the donor.
”We almost fell over,” she said
“I had to fill in a form to say we got it and I was shaking. I couldn't even remember our address and we've been here since 1947.
“I've written a thank you letter for Glenn and Danielle to pass give to the donor, essentially saying a huge thank you for our extremely generous gift.
“These things are about $3000 each – that's six good BBQ days.”