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Life saving defibrillator grant available for NSW Clubs

Over 30,000 Australians suffer cardiac arrests every year. To help survival rates Red Cross is encouraging NSW Clubs to apply for the NSW Office of Sport AED grant.

Every year more than 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest of which only 5% survive. However, immediate access to a defibrillator or AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can lead to a 70% survival rate if applied quickly.

Craig King, Senior Red Cross First Aid Trainer NSW, said: “Cardiac arrests are not just restricted to the elderly or high risk groups. A cardiac arrest can occur at any age, including in children.  An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.

“Australian Red Cross is encouraging sporting clubs to take up this grant opportunity to help fund the purchase of a life saving AED.”

Red Cross and the Heart Foundation both acknowledge the advantage of having easy access to an AED wherever large groups of people gather, such as sports clubs. This grant program will fund up to 50 per cent of the purchase of an AED, along with training and maintenance support.

NSW Office of Sport ‘Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Progam’

Australian Red Cross is an approved NSW Government AED Service Provider. The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of AEDs.

The scheme is targeting community sports clubs, but applications from licensed sporting clubs and sports organisations associated with schools, churches, universities, and councils will also be considered.  Applications close 20 December 2017.

Australian Red Cross is a global leader in first aid training. Training profits go towards Red Cross’ wider work in the community, helping vulnerable people around Australia and overseas.

For further information or assistance applying for the grant:

1300 367 428 OR firstaidproducts@redcross.org.au

Learn more about the NSW Sport AED Grant.

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