De­fib­ril­la­tor pro­gram open to clubs

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - grants/de­fib­ril­la­tor

District sport­ing clubs can ap­ply for a share in $500 000 as part of the NSW Govern­ment’s lo­cal sport de­fib­ril­la­tor grant pro­gram.

NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said the fund­ing part of round three of the four-year, $4 mil­lion pro­gram.

‘‘Sport is a vi­tal part of the Mur­ray com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘The lo­cal sport de­fib­ril­la­tors grant pro­gram helps sports or­gan­i­sa­tions to pur­chase au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors, which can be used to re­spond to car­diac emer­gen­cies.

‘‘It’s crit­i­cal that our lo­cal sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties are equipped with this life-sav­ing equip­ment and I urge lo­cal sports or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for fund­ing in the cur­rent round.’’

Sports Min­is­ter Stu­art Ayres said the pro­gram was about mak­ing sure clubs were equipped to re­spond to life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies.

‘‘Early ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease a per­son’s chances of sur­vival in the event of a car­diac ar­rest,’’ he said.

El­i­gi­ble sports clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions can re­ceive be­tween $1250 and $1900 to­wards the cost of a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close May 6. For de­tails and el­i­gi­bil­ity, visit

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