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Help for first responders

Shirley Lowe displays the orange bottles which contain important medical information. - Pirjo Raits
Shirley Lowe displays the orange bottles which contain important medical information.
— image credit: Pirjo Raits

They are small, bright orange and life saving. A small orange bottle which looks like a elongated  pill container could save the life of yourself or a loved one.

The Sooke Pensioners’ and Seniors’ Organization Branch 88 came up with the idea as a way provide information to first responders in the case of an emergency.

When someone calls 9-1-1 the first responders will look for an orange magnet on the fridge to direct them to the medical information stored inside the bottle.

The information contained inside will list medications, conditions, allergies, contact information for physicians and family. Family pets can also be included in the information contained in the orange bottle. This project is not limited to seniors, it is open to anyone who may have need of such a service.

“The town is excited about them and we want all the seniors in Sooke to have one, said Shirley Lowe, Regional Director, South Island, BC Pensioners & Seniors Organization.

The Orange Bottle project was begun to help celebrate the 50th birthday of the Sooke branch of the Pensioners’ and Seniors’ Organization (formerly known as the OAPO).

The organizers contacted the local first responders at Sooke Fire Rescue Service as well as the local pharmacies and the Sooke Elderly Citizens Housing Society and they all came on board.

The bottles are given out freely and the SPSO only ask for a donation to help defray the costs of the project. The Orange Bottles are available at each of Sooke’s drug stores.

B.C. Pensioners’ and Seniors’ Organization (BCPSO) Branch #88’s is a seniors advocacy organization. The organization was instrumental in helping acquire the land for Ayre Manor Lodge and the cottages.

Meetings are held in the Sooke Senior Drop-in Centre in the dining room of the Sooke Community Hall on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. Meetings are open to all residents of Sooke. No meetings July and August.

For more information contact Shirley at 250-642-3847.

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