The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) installed by the Drouin Rotary Club on the front wall of Coles’ Drouin supermarket in May, and stolen in August, has been replaced – but inside the store.  This was one of the Club’s community service projects, and was to provide AEDs in readily-accessible public locations in the town. 
Rotary past-president Leigh Bates, who is leading the AED project, said that given the supermarket’s opening hours of 6am to 11pm, the unit would be available during the more likely hours of public need – when people are out-and-about.  He said that any need for an AED outside store hours, could be met by accessing the other unit which the Club had installed on the front wall of the Hong Kong Inn in the main street. He remarked that this unit already had been used to assist a person in need.
 Club President David Proposch said that throughout this project, the Club had been very appreciative of the ready co-operation received from Coles’ manager, Mr. Conrad Taylor, in enabling the unit to be installed, so providing an essential service in the town.  He thanked Rotarians Leigh Bates and Bill Petschack for their work in installing the new unit.
David said also that projects such as this were financed from earnings from the Club’s fund-raising efforts such as the monthly produce and craft market, which celebrated its 16th birthday last month and turned in a record result for the Club.  He said that the other major fund-raisers were the Motorfest and Swap Meet coming up in March and April next year.
At the commissioning of the new defibrillator at Coles Supermarket were Coles’ Manager, Conrad Taylor, Rotarian Bob Vogt, Club President David Proposch, and Rotarians Leigh Bates and Bill Petschack who installed the unit.