Town of Ridgeland and Arrhythmia Alliance Launch Lifesaving Partnership

Leaders from the Town of Ridgeland and Hilton Head-based non-profit Arrhythmia Alliance met last week to launch a partnership focused on saving lives in the community through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the town of Ridgeland. Arrhythmia Alliance and the town announced the launch of the Defibs Save Lives #RidgelandHeartsMatter campaign with an initial goal of equipping 10 Ridgeland police and fire department vehicles to make the Ridgeland community more heart safe. Additionally, there are plans in place to install public-access AEDs in locations throughout the town, such as Main Street, Town Hall, and Turpin Park.

In the United States, an estimated 360,000 people experience out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every year and nine out of ten of those people will die as a result. CPR alone only provides a 9% chance of survival however with CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator combined, chances of survival increase more than five-fold to over 50%. The goal of this partnership is to improve the chances of survival for the town’s residents and visitors who may experience SCA.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects people of all ages, young and old and strikes without warning. The strongest chance of survival is with the use of an AED to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm. Anyone can use an AED, even a child. You cannot cause any further harm to a person by using one – all you can do is SAVE A LIFE.

To become involved in fundraising for the placement of an AED or to donate towards this campaign, contact Henry Criss at the Ridgeland Fire Department at or Clare Shumway, Arrhythmia Alliance, Program & Events Coordinator, call, 843-415-1886 or email,


Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry Announces Spring Season Registration

Girls on the Run, a nationally renowned after school program for girls in 3rd – 8th grades, is currently accepting registrations for Spring Season.   The programs begin the week of February  4 or February 11, depending on the site. Girls may be registered by going on the website: or by calling 912-349-1528.

The cost of the 10-week program is $175 or $90 for children on reduced lunch and $30 for children on free lunch.

The fee includes:

Nationally-trained Coaches
All program materials and supplies
Program t-shirt
5K t-shirt
Water bottle
5K medal (and medals for siblings who
Free running shoes for girls who need them

Scholarships are available, and no girl has ever been turned away due to inability to pay.  Approximately 70% of program participants in the Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry Council are on financial aid.

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Mary Connor to Speak About Three Sisters Farm Feb. 6th in Bluffton

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is free, open to the public, and meets monthly to teach and support whole-food, plant-based vegan eating. The Club will host Mary Connor as its guest speaker on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton, SC. She will be discussing the 170 year family history of The Three Sisters Organic Farm, what is grown locally and organically on the farm, and how to participate in their weekly and bi-weekly Farm Bag Program.
The one hour Palmetto Plant Eaters Club meeting will consist of introductions, announcements, upcoming calendar events, and the guest presentation. Afterward a Q&A session will take place for the speaker and to address any general plant-based lifestyle topics. Our meetings are for the curious, newbies, and longtime plant-based vegan practitioners alike. A drawing will be held and one vegan prize will be given away to one meeting attendee. Must be present to win. Learn more about the Palmetto Plant Eaters Club at
Mary Connor (left) operates the Bluffton-based Three Sisters Farm with her sisters Priscilla and Beth. The sisters grow 60 to 100 different varieties of flowers and about 100 varieties of USDA certified organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The Three Sisters sell their goods to a wide selection of local restaurants and bring their goods to local farmers markets. The sisters are also licensed to forage wild mushrooms which they offer to clients. Learn more about the Farm online here:

Kay Stanley, of Spartina 449 will be the Keynote Speaker at the Women’s Association of HHI Holiday Luncheon! 

Hilton Head Island – The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) is pleased to announce the February Luncheon to be held at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Keynote speaker for the Luncheon is Founder and CEO of Spartina 449, Kay Stanley.

Shopping Bazaar featuring local vendors opens at 10:00am

Social Hour 11:00am 

Luncheon and Program 12:00pm

Following our tradition at the February luncheon, WAHHI will collect hand baked cookies to distribute to first responders in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

 The luncheon is open to WAHHI members and the general public. To reserve your seat for the luncheon, please visit our website at or contact Anne Lambdin at 443-418-6445 or  Tickets are $30 ($32 online) for members and $38 ($40 online) for guests.

Founded in 1961, The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island is an influential group of 750+ women who are active in civic, cultural and philanthropic activities in the Bluffton and Hilton Head community. 

To learn more about WAHHI, visit our website at or check us out on Facebook at