De­fib­ril­la­tor grants pro­gram open

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

Lo­cal sport­ing clubs will now be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the Lo­cal Sport De­fib­ril­la­tor Grant Pro­gram, with the NSW Govern­ment pro­vid­ing life-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy to peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing car­diac emer­gen­cies.

So why not come along and try the game on Mon­day, July 30 at 6pm at the Corowa RSL.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the sec­re­tary on 0429 922 474.

Tues­day saw us with 17 play­ers on two mats, with the win­ners on two wins of 17 and 16 be­ing David Chap­man, Pe­ter Manning, Ken Plem­ing and Kevin Cul­hane. The run­ners up on a win and a loss of 18 and 3 were Pe­ter Dodds, Sandie Lup­ton, Dot Roberts and Wayne Dowsey. Thanks to all who bought a ticket as the money raised goes straight to our re­stock­ing pro­gram.

On Thurs­day Anne Smith played Ken Plem­ing and Gus San­der took on Joe Wil­son in the Cham­pi­onship sin­gles.

Our Fri­day so­cial saw a loss and a win of 7 and 16 for Doreen Plem­ing/Eve­lyn Jones, Kevin Cul­hane, Anne Smith and Ken Plem­ing. Our run­ners up with a win and a loss of 14 and 5 were Geral­dine Mon­ish, San­dra Dudziak, Pe­ter Manning and Joe Wil­son/Jan Wen­del Web­ber. It was great to see our pres­i­dent back in ac­tion again.

Satur­day saw a sin­gles match be­tween Joe Wil­son and Pe­ter Manning. Joe and Ken Plem­ing now play for the mi­nor sin­gles ti­tles later this year. Lo­cally, the river is ris­ing, the Murray crays are still mov­ing and some ex­cep­tional fish are be­ing taken in Lake Mul­wala. Trolling and cast­ing are the most pro­duc­tive meth­ods. Good Fish­ing Mul­let.

The pro­gram com­menced in 2017 and pro­vides grants to com­mu­nity sport clubs for half the cost of pur­chase and main­te­nance of an Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs).

Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin said ac­cess to de­fib­ril­la­tors in sport­ing clubs in­creases the chance of sur­vival by up to 75 per cent for pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enc­ing car­diac ar­rest.

“For many of our res­i­dents, ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life or death.” Mr Aplin said.

“Across the state, the NSW govern­ment will aim to pro­vide more than 2,500 life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and I strongly urge el­i­gi­ble lo­cal clubs to con­sider ap­ply­ing.”

Min­is­ter for Sport, Stu­art Ayres said the Lo­cal Sport De­fib­ril­la­tor Pro­gram has as­sisted over 400 sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions at­tain the life­sav­ing tech­nol­ogy dur­ing the first round of the pro­grams sched­uled four year du­ra­tion.

“With over 7,000 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing out of hos­pi­tal car­diac ar­rest in NSW ev­ery year, im­me­di­ate ac­cess to CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion at lo­cal sports grounds is vi­tal,” Mr Ayres said.

“In 2018, we hope to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of de­fib­ril­la­tors at com­mu­nity-based sports fa­cil­i­ties and im­prove the like­li­hood of sur­vival for in­ci­dents of car­diac ar­rest.”

Clubs re­ceive 50 per cent to­wards the fund­ing and main­te­nance of a de­fib­ril­la­tor, with clubs in NSW’s far west re­gion set to ben­e­fit from a 75 per cent co-con­tri­bu­tion from the pro­gram.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Septem­ber 14. De­tails about ap­pli­ca­tions and el­i­gi­bil­ity can be found at sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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