Onesies all around at the Porirua Club

Cliff McLennan, assistant manager of the Porirua Club and his colleagues will all be wearing their Onesies to work on Friday 8 September.

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“They worked on me for 17 minutes and were about to call it - but they tried one last time with the paddles and got a faint heartbeat. They were able to stabilise me from there and get me to Wellington Hospital.”

Cliff McLennan, assistant manager of the Porirua Club and his colleagues will all be wearing their Onesies to work on Friday 8 September.

Onesie Day is the Wellington Free Ambulances’ annual fundraising event where everyone in Greater Wellington and Wairarapa are encouraged to wear onesies and donate to the cause.

Cliff, now 42 was 39 years old when he went into cardiac arrest on the morning of 18 August 2014. His partner called 111 and Wellington Free paramedics were at the scene within three and a half minutes.

“They worked on me for 17 minutes and were about to call it - but they tried one last time with the paddles and got a faint heartbeat. They were able to stabilise me from there and get me to Wellington Hospital.”

One of the paramedics who saved him was Steve Tautau, his best mate from primary school.

“Steve made the decision not to give me any drugs which have pretty hefty side effects, like stroke, and let me fight instead. This has been a bonus for me as I’ve had no side effects at all.”

Cliff said that although the circumstances weren’t ideal, it’s great to be reunited with an old friend.

The Porirua Club has already been promoting Onesie Day and have been asking members to dress up or donate.

When asked what Onesie he will be wearing, Cliff said he’s had a few issues.

“I’m looking for a new one now. I got a racoon onesie which I initially thought was a panda. I’m a bit disappointed because I really want to be a panda!

 “Onesie day is a great way to support Wellington Free and it’s a bit of fun. You can’t take life too seriously and it doesn’t take much to put on a Onesie.”


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