Kingston OTR give back to the community

The Kingston SE OTR has recently installed a defibrillator on its premises through a partnership with St John Ambulance and the OTRGive program.

Kingston’s OTR has been supporting the local community through partnerships with St John Ambulance, Foodbank and its own OTRGive program after opening three years ago.

The OTRGive program was launched eight months ago and has donated back more than $52,000 to South Australians in need through more than 30 community groups that are part of the program.

One of the highest OTRGive earners is a male customer from Kingston SE who has chosen St John Ambulance Service as his community partner to support. That has enabled St John Ambulance SA to provide vital first aid training to school children throughout the South East, also contributing to OTR installing a defibrillator at the Kingston SE store.

This is the 13th public access defibrillator OTR has donated to regional towns in the hope that it could save lives in local communities.

On Monday this week, the local Kingston SE St John members held a community information and CPR session at the store with free CPR training and giveaways.

OTR chief operating officer Peter Piliouras said he was proud to be part of the partnership with St John Ambulance SA, believing it will save lives of South Australians while also supporting regional communities.

“We installed the first defibrillator at OTR Nuriootpa in May 2018 followed by nine installations in other regional areas across the state,” Mr Piliouras said. 

“In November, we installed our first in the South East at OTR Naracoorte followed by OTR Mt Gambier in December.

“All have been very well received by their local communities.”

Mr Piliouras believes that OTR is at the heart of South Australian communities, mentioning that they are proud to support an investment that can save lives and promote awareness as well as the use of defibrillators in regional areas.

“This initiative is particularly important to us at OTR as two years ago, one of our OTR Subway area managers, Kristy Smith, suffered a cardiac arrest and received 16 electric shocks from a defibrillator which saved her life,” Mr Piliouras said. “She is still working for Subway two years on and doing amazing things in our team.”

The OTRGive program is another way that OTR has been supporting the community. 

Every time a customer shops or refuels at OTR with the OTR app, OTR makes a donation on the customer’s behalf to a community group of their choice.

The most supported OTRGive partners in regional areas within the South East are Royal Flying Doctor Service, Anglicare SA, CFS Foundation and Guide Dogs SA/NT.

Customers now have the ability to track donations through the OTR app. This will be updated daily, alongside the total donations from OTR.

“We are also thrilled to be fast approaching the 25,000th person who links to the OTRGive program and scans their app,” Mr Piliouras said. “When that occurs, likely by April 2019, OTR will donate a further $25,000 on behalf of the customer to their chosen community group.”