Mount Annan man uses second chance to help others

Darren and Sally Wray, St George Bank Camden manager Carol Parker and Happy the dragon want more businesses to support the cause.. Picture: Simon Bennett
Darren and Sally Wray, St George Bank Camden manager Carol Parker and Happy the dragon want more businesses to support the cause.. Picture: Simon Bennett

Darren Wray is lucky to be alive.

The Mount Annan man had a brush with death earlier this year after he had a heart attack while working out at his gym.

His friends Jodie Brown and Trudy Marquardt used their basic first aid training to perform CPR and keep Mr Wray alive.

Now Mr Wray wants to help people who may find themselves in a similar situation by hosting a fundraising event.

Mr Wray said hosting a trivia event on October 12 would help to raise money to purchase defibrillators for small businesses.

"We want to give back to the community so that the next person who ends up in my situation might have it a bit easier," he said.

"I've been lucky enough to be given a second chance so I want to help others."

Jodie Brown and Trudy Marquardt saved Mr Wray's life.

Jodie Brown and Trudy Marquardt saved Mr Wray's life.

The Defibrillator Fundraising Trivia Night will be held at St Gregory's Hall from 6.30pm on October 12.

Mr Wray said they hoped to purchase a few of the life-saving machines.

"These defibs will be going to the small family gyms in the area," he said.

"We are also hoping to raise awareness of where defibs are so that businesses know what to do or where to go in the event of an emergency.

"It is not a legal requirement for gyms to have a defibrillator on the premises but it could certainly help if something was to go wrong."

Mr Wray said having a defibrillator on site might have taken some of the pressure off of the people working to save his life.

"I was very lucky that Jodie and Trudy knew CPR," he said.

"As soon as the ambos got there, they shocked me and then they shocked me again in the back of the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

"Without it I would have died."

The trivia event will feature games, raffles, auctions and giveaways.

Mr Wray said it would be a good chance to support a great cause.

"St George have already jumped on board and donated a large amount of money," he said.

"We hope other local businesses will consider donating as well - this could help to save someone's life.

"We want it to be a night where people can relax, have a bit of fun and raise some money that could help you or somebody else some day."

Tickets are $35. Call Darren for more information on: 0439 825 074.