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Sanibel Sea School raises funds to purchase life-saving AEDs

By Staff | Aug 15, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Dani Lacy joined forces with her fellow marine science educators at the Sanibel Sea School to raise funds to purchase AEDs.

The Sanibel Sea School has successfully raised funds to equip each of the organization’s vehicles and boats with life-saving automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

The overarching vision of the campaign was to make Sanibel a safer place by having life-saving gear readily available in multiple locations each day. Using the crowdfunding platform Mightycause, 82 donors contributed a total of $12,325 exceeding the $11,000 goal.

“It was our education team’s idea to launch this project,” Development Director Chrissy Basturk said. “Each educator is first-aid certified, and while they carry well-stocked first-aid kits at all times, they were concerned about not having the best life-saving technology available to them.”

“Nearly 500,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year,” educator Emmett Horvath. “If an AED is readily available, it can mean the difference between life and death for a victim. I hope we never have to use one, but for me, the cost and effort is well worth it to have the ability to save a life if necessary.”

Sanibel Sea School’s vehicles are often parked in busy areas around Sanibel, and each vehicle and vessel will be clearly marked to indicate to the public that an AED is accessible on board.

“The community support we have received for this initiative has been nothing short of amazing,” Basturk said.

She added that she believes that it was easy for people to see the value in making the islands safer for visitors and residents of all ages.

“The donation amounts ranged from $5 to $1,000, which really illustrates how much we can accomplish when we come together to reach a goal,” Basturk said. “On behalf of Sanibel Sea School, I want to express our deep gratitude to each person who helped.”

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information about the organization, visit sanibelseaschool.org.

The Sanibel Sea School is at 455 Periwinkle Way.