Hugh Heron, co-founder of The Mikey Network, centre, hurries hard to donate a Mikey to the Milton Curling Club. From left are Milton Curling Club past president Diane Vandenbossche, president Tom Packowski, Heron, Dawn Pickering and Carrie Wentzell.


Mikey defibrillators have made their way into Milton, from the Milton Curling Club to the Milton Soccer Academy.


At a recent presentation, soccer players and avid curlers turned out to show their support and appreciation for the generous donation from The Mikey Network. At the event, which took place at Heathwood Homes’ Traditions community in Milton, the co-Founder of The Mikey Network Hugh Heron, donned his tam and swept his way to present a MIKEY to curling club president Tom Packowski and Soccer Academy Coach Uwe Samstag-Schnock.

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The Mikey Network has levelled the playing field by donating a Mikey to the Milton Soccer Academy. Front row, from left: young soccer players Noah Silva, Avery Augusto, Corlin Varga and Kai Samstag-Schnock. In the back row are Hugh Heron, co-Founder of The Mikey Network, principal and partner in the Heron Group of Companies and president of Heathwood Homes, and coach Uwe Samstag-Schnock.

With defibrillators in place, anyone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest at the rink or pitch will have access to this life-saving device. As part of The Mikey Network’s goal to make Milton a cardiac-safe city, two additional Mikeys were donated for use in police cruisers in remote areas of the town. To further support the community, the Mikey Network and Heathwood Homes — a building company to which Heron is president — are sponsoring one of the Milton Soccer Academy teams this summer.

$900,000 raised

To date, The Mikey Network has raised over $900,000 and has placed more than 390 Mikeys across the GTA. A Public Access Defibrillator gives victims a fighting chance and increases their chance of survival by up to 50 per cent.

Mikeys are about the size of a laptop computer and administer an electrical charge through two soft pads that are attached to the person’s chest.