HEART OF THE NATION IS A NOT FOR PROFIT INITIATIVE, AIMED AT INCREASING AWARENESS OF AED LOCATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY
When the world watched the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page collapse on stage at the end of the Original Wiggles performance to raise money for bushfire relief victims in January 2020, the thing that saved his life was bystander CPR, and the availability of an AED at Castle Hill RSL Club where The Wiggles were performing.
When Greg woke up in hospital, he couldn't believe the statistic he was told - he was just 1 in 10 people that survive a sudden cardiac arrest. Bystander CPR and the use of an AED drastically increase someone's chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest - as was the situation in Greg's event. He also could not believe the staggering amount of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest each year in Australia - and globally!
In the 5 months following Greg's sudden cardiac arrest, he started educating himself (his wife, Vanessa is a cardiac nurse which has helped immensely!), on the physiology of the heart, what causes heart attacks and what happens to the heart during a cardiac arrest. He made it a mission and vision for the community to recognise those businesses, workplaces, and community hubs that have AED's on site, ready to save a life, just as Castle Hill RSL Club did for Greg.
Heart of the Nation is an initiative of Our National Heart Pty Limited, a not for profit company set up and run by Greg Page. The company is presently funded solely by Greg's work as Stryker Public Access Ambassador, but Stryker are not contributing directly to the funding of the company, hence it is a brand-agnostic program. Heart of the Nation recognises those places with AED's on site, regardless of the brand of AED.