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First Annual AED Safety Fair at St. Marys Waterfront Park

The 1st Annual AED Alliance Safety Fair will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the St. Marys Waterfront Park, located at 205 West St. Marys Strett in historic St. Marys, Georgia.

The 1st Annual AED Alliance Safety Fair will celebrate National CPR/AED Awareness Week by bringing the community together to learn about safety and have some fun at Howard Gilman Waterfront Park. Watch demonstrations of how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used, take family-friendly crash courses in the basics of AEDs and CPR, and enjoy some good food, music and fun. For the kids there will be a “Touch a Truck” feature courtesy of local fire and rescue departments and a chance to shoot hoops with Jacksonville’s professional basketball team, the Giants. There will be a number of safety education booths, as well as food, music by DJ Rico, raffle and live auction items to benefit the AED Alliance, a bounce house and more. Keynote speaker Kylee Shea will talk about how an AED saved her life when she went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest at her Texas middle school.

There will be five booths offering speedy, basic training in CPR and AEDs.  

Other participants include:
• Camden County Fire and Rescue
• Safe Kids Kingsland
• SE Georgia Health
• Forever Young AEDs
• PKAP (Parents and Kids Against Pedophiles)
• Family Martial Arts
• Eli Rose Photography
• CCAR (Camden Community Alliance & Resources)
• Amtrak’s Operation Lifesaver
• Innovative Prevention Education, Inc.
• Firehouse Subs
• Mamamelia.com

Raffles and live auctions will feature high-value items such as a one-year family membership to PSA Leisure Services, a one-year family membership to St. Marys Aquatic Center, a defibrillator and four complete auto details.

About the event’s host and beneficiary: The AED Alliance, a St. Marys-based 501c3 nonprofit, is on a mission to educate the public about the need for AEDs in schools, in public places and at special events. The life-saving heart-shocking devices are the only remedy when someone undergoes Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), which is the most common cause of death in schools. The Alliance is working to ensure there are AEDs in all schools throughout the country by 2014. It’s also setting up its award-winning “Borrow an AED” programs throughout the nation, enabling communities to “sign out” AEDs as needed. St. Marys residents Harold and Becky Cohn founded the Alliance after their 15-year-old son, Andrew, died of SCA following a collision during a baseball game that forced his heart into an abnormal rhythm. If an AED had been available, he would very likely still be alive. Learn more about the Alliance at www.aedalliance.com.

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