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REF NO.: 38

SUBJECT: Enactus Memorial to launch HeartStarter project

DATE: Feb. 6

Note to editors

Enactus Memorial will launch HeartStarter, on Friday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. in the RBC Atrium at the Faculty of Business Administration on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

HeartStarter blends technology with community impact by using drones to deliver life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to people experiencing cardiac arrest who don’t have immediate access to medical care.

The group of Memorial University undergraduate students also aims to use the project to impact public health through education about heart disease and by advocating for a provincial AED registry.

Jonathan Kirby, manager, government relations and health promotion, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Sarah Stoodley, member, House of Assembly (Mount Scio), are expected to speak at the event as well as members of Enactus Memorial.

Please note: If there is a campus closure due to weather on Friday, Feb. 7, this event will be rescheduled to a later date.

About Enactus

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes university students around the world to develop community outreach projects that use business practices to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Universities and colleges from across the world compete in regional and national competitions for the chance to demonstrate the impact of their outreach projects at the world championship each year.

Enactus Memorial is one of the most successful teams in the world with two world titles and 10 national championships.

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For more information, please contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 689-7988 or susanwhite@mun.ca; or Robyn Budgell, vice-president, Enactus Memorial, at (709) 689-3034 or rsab40@mun.ca.

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