“Quick! Where’s The Church AED?”

Hello. My name is Lars and I need your help to save lives.

The Problem:

As a medical professional with many years in Cardiology, I am keenly aware of the importance of having quick access to AEDs (Defibrillators) in all of the various places in which people gather, not just in hospitals or workplaces.

Church congregations get increasingly elderly, year after year, and with this the chances of a medical emergency increase; I have witnessed two members of my church congregation need first aid in the past 3 years, and on early Sunday mornings many places that have AEDs are usually closed.

Church donations have to cover many needs, and buying AEDs is not a high priority.

The Solution:

I needed a challenge, something to motivate me, to get fit again post-surgery, and to stay healthy going forward from here.

My Cardiac Athletes members and friends https://cardiacathletes.com/ kindly bought me a ‘Smart Trainer’ for my bike as a birthday present and also a subscription to ‘Zwift’ https://us.zwift.com/ to help me reclaim my fitness.

Then by chance, I saw a map drawn up by a Rev A. P. Stout in 1881 of all of Jesus’s journeys around the Holy Lands.

Rev. Stout 1881 Jesus Map

So, I had a crazy idea … they are the best though, aren’t they?

This map discovery made me curious; just how far did Jesus travel around the Holy Lands in his sandals?

How about I cycle the same distance and for every kilometre I achieve, interested and kind people can donate some money to this good cause with all money raised going towards buying an AED defib (and First Aid Bag) for the church?

In his ministry, Jesus travelled about 3,000 kms, so that will be the distance of my virtual-world cycle challenge. Converting 3,000 kms into $3,000 AUD would cover the cost of an AED, secure wall cabinet and First Aid Bag.

I have calculated where elevations occur and will be choosing Zwift routes that match those elevation and slope challenges. I will start with 20 to 30 km Zwift routes, two to three times per week, increasing over the weeks to longer km routes as my fitness increases (and if arthritic knees willing).

Of course, I will be keeping everyone updated on the route and the fundraising as I ride along. I will post the kms I have covered each week and interested donors can then follow the journey using Rev. Stout’s 1881 map and could also read about the various historical events as they are recorded in the scriptures if they so wish. You probably know many of the stories already but do not know exactly where they occurred. Another thing I am exploring with this personal challenge. That way kind and generous donors can feel part of this journey too.

Before I start this, … and become too short of breath to say it …


Every little helps, as does every Km I ride…

You too are a lifesaver!

If you would prefer not to donate via this GoFundMe page but instead donate directly to St. Peter’s Church, please use the following details:

Donations should ‘point’ towards the following Church Bank Account:

Name of Account: Anglican Parish of Box Hill
Bank Name: NAB
Bank BSB No (6 digits): 083 004
Account No: 3468 14183

Reference to include with your deposit:AED” or “Church AED Fund

Please remember to keep a copy of your payment for your tax agent.

Church Address: St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 1038 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill 3128
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1199, Box Hill, Victoria 3128, Australia

A Parish in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

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Lars Andrews
Box Hill South VIC
Sue Collins

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