Fund raiser in Guanacaste seeks funds for defibrillators

How much is a human life worth?

The Guanacaste English speaking community figures that one is worth plenty and is trying to raise funds for five or six defibrillators for rescue agencies and clinics there.

A resident, Hara Maderich, said a young man of 30 came very close to dying of a heart attack and there was no portable defibrillator anywhere in the area to prevent it.

The Guanacaste Veterans Association spearheaded by Linda Gray of Coldwell Banker in Hermosa has joined forces with a Papagayo ladies group, area merchants and a Playa Cocos physician to raise funds for portable defibrillators to be given to the local first responders, trained volunteers and local clinics.

Ms. Gray said a fund raiser will be Sunday with wine tasting, food, live music,  a raffle, silent auction, vendor sales special items, baked goods.

Prizes will be raffled off including cases of wine, restaurant meals, auto care items, fishing trips and original art pieces. Painting by Carlos Hillier will be featured. All sales and raffle donations will contribute to the goal of purchasing the life-saving defibrillators, supplies and training. said an announcement.

Each device is said to cost from $1,000 to $1,200. The group already raised $450 at an earlier fund raiser.

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