42 lives have been saved across Ireland by the presence of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in GAA facilities.
The GAA is marking this by launching a new Community Heart Programme.
The initiative encourages every club in the country to A.C.T. now and ensure that their club can be prepared in case of an emergency and that they can avail of a defibrillator that is Accessible, Charged and that there are enough Trained rescuers within the club who have the ability to operate the devices.
The Community Heart Programme allows GAA Clubs to fundraise for life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) via a bespoke fundraising platform. The programme allows clubs to fundraise for new AEDs, which are connected to the internet via the mobile phone network. This means the AED will check itself and notify designated club members via email if there is an issue that needs to be addressed, such as the battery or pads needing to be changed.
Once the fundraising target of €2,150 per unit has been reached, the AED unit will be delivered directly to the Club by programme partners Heart Safety Solutions.
Fundraising within the club serves a dual purpose in terms of raising awareness as well as encouraging volunteers to take on the training.
“The GAA club is the focal point of the communities in which we operate,” said GAA President Larry McCarthy.
“In the past, we have seen how access to these devices has made a critical difference during an emergency. This Community Heart Programme not only plays a vital role in raising awareness but also affords clubs an opportunity to ensure that they have some of the most up-to-date equipment available.”
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