About 12 months ago Defib For Life was chatting to a very energetic and inspired committee member of the St Ives FC in western Sydney. There are many of you out there, the Mums and Dads, Aunts and Uncles, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s who spend hours at their kitchen tables, out on the weekends, pick ups and drop offs to help make local sporting clubs work. This time Penny Howell, former St Ives FC President, was on a mission to right a wrong. Because the club did not have a defibrillator on hand, they lost one of the seniors league players to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, because help was too far away.
“We are raising funds to purchase a number of AED’s for the Club and all its teams to ensure that when games are being played here, or teams are away, we will always be protected.”
Sue Buckman (Defib For Life Director) and Melissa Dunbar (Defib For Life Marketing and Communications) went to Sydney to support their fundraising activity for the weekend. They raised enough money for one unit and set off on their path to raise the rest.
The story below is about how they continue to raise awareness and funds, however the best news is that one of those units was used recently on a player – who is alive!!