Gal­ston Eques­trian Club and Ar­ca­dia Pony Club get De­fib­ril­la­tor

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Political News - For more in­for­ma­tion visit: sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/ de­fib­ril­la­tor Hon. Matt Kean MP

I re­cently went out to visit the Gal­ston Eques­trian Club and Ar­ca­dia Pony Club fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment they were suc­cess­ful in be­ing awarded fund­ing to put to­wards life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors.

This fund­ing has been an­nounced as part of the first round of

NSW Govern­ment’s Lo­cal Sport De­fib­ril­la­tion Pro­gram.

More than 33,000 Aus­tralians ex­pe­ri­ence car­diac ar­rest ev­ery year and early ac­cess to CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion can in­flu­ence sur­vival rates by up to 75 per­cent.

The Gal­ston Eques­trian Club re­cently held a train­ing ses­sion for a num­ber of their mem­bers to be­come trained in First Aid. Dur­ing this train­ing they were able to un­der­stand and use the de­fib­ril­la­tor which could save lives in the club.

I thank those vol­un­teers for giv­ing back to the club to en­sure all mem­bers are safe while rid­ing. The de­fib­ril­la­tor will be shared by the Eques­trian Club and Ar­ca­dia Pony Club who ride at the same arena.

So far more than 430 de­fib­ril­la­tors have been al­lo­cated across the state and I am con­fi­dent the ad­di­tion of a num­ber of de­fib­ril­la­tors across Hornsby will ben­e­fit hun­dreds of lo­cal play­ers and spec­ta­tors.

The NSW Govern­ment ini­tia­tive sup­ports up to 50 per cent of the de­fib­ril­la­tor cost, train­ing and main­te­nance and I en­cour­age lo­cal sports clubs and coun­cils that had not yet ap­plied to con­sider the pro­gram. The next round of ap­pli­ca­tions opens in the mid­dle of this year.

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