Sporting clubs invited to apply for lifesaving defibrillator

February 18, 2017 by  

Community sporting clubs in Castle Hill are being given an opportunity to have a lifesaving defibrillator on site.

Applications for receipt of a free lifesaving defibrillator are being received by the Marc Arcuri Foundation, which was established in 2014 to honour the memory of Marc Arcuri who at just 15 was struck down by a fatal heart attack during a match at Austral FC.

The Foundation has since raised $96,000 for defibrillators which, in times of a sudden cardiac arrest, can improve survival rates if used promptly.

The main aim of the apparatus, according to a Foundation spokesman, is to control a personís heart fibrillation by applying an electric current to either the heart or chest wall.

Funds raised through the Foundation have come from staging a number of football tournaments, promoted by flyers as the Marc Arcuri Cup.

Foundation directors Alex Cauchi and Robby Mansour said that initially the first Cup held in 2014 was to raise funds to buy a defibrillator for the club of a cousin of Mansourís, but the project has grown substantially since then.

Mansour said fundraising efforts have enabled the Foundation to get closer to achieving its ultimate goal, which is to equip all suburban grounds in New South Wales with a defibrillator.

He said by the end of 2017, a total of 45 defibrillators will have been provided.

February 28 is the deadline for applications from sporting clubs seeking a defibrillator.