Charles Sturt University’s Port Macquarie Paramedic students raised over $15 000 to purchase defibrillators for several community groups at their Red and Blue Ball on Friday 7 August.
Students studying the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) organised the inaugural Blue and Red Ball which was attended by 420 guests including the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon. Leslie Williams.
Head of Campus at CSU Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said, “The ball was an opportunity to bring together the community, students and staff from Charles Sturt University and acknowledge the contribution of local emergency services, all in the name of a good cause.
“Organised and executed by three of our paramedic students, Ms Jess Genders, Mr Dane Rickman and Mr Daniel Steinbeck, the ball successfully raised over $15 000 which will go towards buying six defibrillators for local community groups in the Port Macquarie and Hastings region.
“One of the defibrillators was presented on the night to the Rotary Lodge, an accommodation service for patients undertaking cancer treatment and other care at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.”
The Red and Blue Ball was held at Panthers Port Macquarie and will hopefully become an annual fundraising event for CSU Port Macquarie.