By MATTHEW MCKEW
A suburban talent show’s raised more than $2500 for a Lake Hayes Estate community defibrillator.
The Hayes’ talent show featured everything from rappers to dancers, and a 14-year-old who sang an Adele song and ‘‘gave us all goose bumps’’, restaurant assistant manager Haden Gibbons says.
But judges Shaun Vining, Katy Anderson and Kat Hill picked singer-songwriter Nick Barratt, who performed an original number, as the overall winner.
Between the two heats and the October 1 final, along with support from Five Mile Pharmacy and the Queentown Lions Club, enough money was raised to purchase the defibrillator, or AED, which will live at The Hayes.
Pharmacy owner Kenneth Aung Kyi says it’s part of a wider plan to eradicate blind spots for defibrillator access across the Wakatipu.
While the bulk of the existing equipment’s in the town centre or commercial areas, many people have heart attacks at home.
The community effort has seen defibrillators installed at Shotover Primary School, Quail Rise and in the Lake Hayes Pavilion in recent years.