Through a first-time fundraising event called the Country Vespers Concert, organizer Ray Haynes is hoping to raise enough money to supply the Errington Hall with an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Haynes said the evening will be hosted by the Living Hope Community Church and will feature “morsels of music” from acclaimed musician Bev Finch, local saxophone quartet Ocean Winds and gospel music group Men In Accord.
Haynes insisted the Country Vespers Concert is open to everybody and while it’s hosted by a church it’s “not a religious event.”
He said the concert will lean on audience participation and those who attend are encouraged to take part in the musical festivities of the night. The event takes place on Friday,
April 3 at the Errington War Memorial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will play between 7-9 p.m.
Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to purchase an AED for the Hall.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada describes the AED as a small, portable device used to identify cardiac rhythms and deliver a shock to correct abnormal electrical activity in the heart. As a result of the sophisticated electronics in an AED, the operator is only advised to deliver a shock if the heart is in a rhythm which can be corrected by defibrillation.