Coles partnership makes shopping a little safer

Team members Eliza Braddon, Nadia Cherry and manager Heylen Waqavesi with the new Automated External Defibrillator.
Team members Eliza Braddon, Nadia Cherry and manager Heylen Waqavesi with the new Automated External Defibrillator.

Cowra residents can shop a little safe thanks to a partnership between Coles and the Heart Foundation.

The partnership comes as Coles rolls out Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to all Coles supermarkets across Australia.

Coles Director of Safety David Brewster said the safety of customers and team members is a top priority at Coles.

"By having defibrillators available for our customers and team members, we will be even more able to provide help that has been shown to increase the chances of survival for people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest," he said.

"All our first aid team members will be trained in the use of the AED, and we have chosen an easy-to-use device that includes audio and visual instructions so that just about anyone can use it in the case of an emergency."

The defibrillators will be located near the customer service desk and will be accessible for neighbouring retailers and small businesses to use in the event of an emergency.

Coles will also be supporting the Heart Foundation in its efforts to encourage more Australians to have a Health Heart Check with their doctor.

Heart Foundation Group CEO, Adjunct Professor John Kelly, congratulated Coles for taking an active role in protecting the heart health of Australians.

"Coles will make AEDs more accessible so they can be deployed quickly in an emergency, which will save lives," he said.

"AEDs are critical to saving lives as every second and minute counts when a person is having a cardiac arrest.

"We also thank Coles for helping the Heart Foundation to extend our heart health message to Coles shoppers.

"This could prevent 76,500 heart events over the next five years, including heart attacks, strokes and deaths.

A GREAT BENEFIT TO THE ENTIRE MALL