– Written by Rene Grawey, Director of Mikey’s Kids
We decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by inviting some of our friends and neighbours over to talk about the work we do here at The Mikey Network, and demonstrate how easy it is use a MIKEY AED if need arises.
We are a very close group of friends and neighbors and most of them knew of The Mikey Network and they were all quite excited for the demonstration on how to use a Mikey AED. Our home was nicely decorated by my wonderful wife Patti, for our Mikey Valentines evening.
I talked about how and why The Mikey Network was started by the Partners at Herity, and all we do as a Charity, including the beginning when Mike passed away. There were some misty eyes in the group, even though most knew the story.
I explained how we’ve placed over 2000 MIKEYs across Ontario and throughout Canada, and as far away as Haiti, and the various Mikey Programs. Many were surprised to hear about of some of the placements including Two Men and Truck carrying them on all of their moving trucks through our Mikey on Board program. I was proud to to talk about the Young At Heart program, and the over 500 MIKEYs we’ve placed in public schools including every Peel District Public School.
I explained that Cardiac Arrest has no age limit, and told the story of Archer, the 3 month old who was saved by his parents with the MIKEY they got through out Mikey’s Kids program, as well as some of the other great Mikey’s Kids stories.
I started the demonstration and took a few questions throughout. Everyone was very surprised to see how simple it is to use a defibrillator. I then turned it over to my next door neighbor Carolyn, to try the MIKEY and then asked her to pick the next person to try. Everyone appreciated being able to witness an AED demonstration and learn about The Mikey Network and everyone went home feeling good.
We gave each person some Mikey parting gifts and The Mikey Valentine’s Day Cake was a hit! Patti and I are very happy we did this and now my friends and neighbours all know we have a MIKEY in the house should the need arise.
Please contact us if you want to learn more about how you can become a Mikey Ambassador, and spread the word about The Mikey Network.