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Mayor’s memo: Help save lives with Saturday’s fun run

  • Harry Williams

Hardeeville has two terrific events in August worth talking about.

The first week in August the city held the annual Fill the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for the children of Hardeeville.

As they do each year, the Jasper County school board contributed a school bus and driver and together with our Recreation and Public Works Department, the bus stopped at 13 neighborhoods in Sun City. The bus filled easily and we needed a huge trailer that Public Works brought along.

Among the items collected were pencils, pens, glue sticks, crayons, rulers, calculators, notebooks, binders, filler paper and markers; all items on the lists sent to parents to prepare for the school year. This year more than 120 backpacks were donated and they were stocked with a “starter kit” for the younger students.

This collection was added to thousands of donations left at City Hall from throughout the community and it literally took hours for a dozen volunteers to organize the supplies that completely filled the Community Room at City Hall.

The next day, rainy and threatening, our Public Works team brought a little sunshine to the principals and teachers at Hardeeville Elementary and Royal Live Oaks Academy. They asked that I extend their thanks to the entire city for this overwhelming support.

You can also see their comments if you watch the video on our website: www.cityofhardeeville.com. Or visit https://vimeo.com/228403771.

Hardeeville is a community that cares; a community that comes together to help one another. “Fill the Bus” is evidence of that and I want to publicly thank all the donors; all the Neighborhood Captains who helped spread the word and organize the collection, all the city staff who helped with good cheer and, of course, thanks to the chairwoman, Hardeeville’s first lady, Beth Williams.

Our second noteworthy event is the “Fun Run for a Cause” which will be held at Hilton Head Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m.

Hardeeville has partnered with the Arrhythmia Alliance to raise funds to supply an AED (Automatic External Device) for every police and fire vehicle in Hardeeville.

We are very pleased to announce that the “Red, White and Blue Title Sponsor” for this event is our newest neighbor, Latitude Margaritaville, and the “Platinum Sponsor” is our host, Hilton Head Lakes/Realstar.

This is truly Hardeeville helping Hardeeville.

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. “An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy-to-operate tool for someone with no medical background.”

This important initiative will save lives. Only 10 percent of the people who suffer sudden cardiac arrestsurvive.

I am living proof. On March 15, 2016, I dropped dead playing softball. Experienced EMTs rushed to give me CPR that failed to restart my heart.

But because an AED was available at the field, a doctor quickly applied the device and revived me before the ambulance arrived.

The next day, the EMT who rode with me to the hospital told me, “If it were not for your angels in the outfield and an AED, the outcome might not have been so good.”

Hardeeville’s goal is to save lives by having these devices on patrol at all times, especially as our population of retirees increases.

If you want to help us achieve this goal, come out on Saturday.

There will be food and drink for purchase and good cheer for all. You can register on our website, www.cityofhardeeville.com and watch our promo at https://vimeo.com/228822214 for more information. It is $20 for the 5K run and $5 for the 1-mile run or walk. Or you can join us in spirit by donating any amount.

As you can see, Hardeeville has “heart.”

Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.

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