Life saving funding for Coffs community clubs
THE Coffs Harbour Rugby League Football Club has welcomed a government grant that will allow them not only to buy lifesaving technology but also train members to use it.
Club secretary manager Jody Dahl said it would "mean a lot" to the organization to have a defibrillator as part of the Local Sport Defibrillator Program.
Under the program Boambee Soccer Club Inc, the Leagues Club and the Coffs Harbour Rifle Club all received NSW Government funding to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator.
Jody said it was very important to the Leagues club which celebrated it's 25th birthday earlier this month.
"We have an age group that rangers from our under fives right through to our patron who is 92," she said.
She said the club was also a hub for other local groups including the U3A and Probus who used the facilities through the weeks.
"We also have a big membership of retired people," she said.
Up to 1500 people use the club's grounds and facilities from Monday to Thursday each week and she said you never knew when such equipment would come in handy.
They are expected to take possession of the new machine in the new year and through the grant training would be conducted for up to 25 people.
Jody said those trained would include staff and officials as well as members of groups that use the club to ensure that there is always on-hand trained to use it.
Retiring member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the grants were part of the four-year Local Sport Defibrillator Progam rolled out across the state.
"Sport is a vital part of our community's social fabric and we need to make sport as safe as possible," Mr Fraser said.
"Having access to a defibrillator in the first eight minutes after a cardiac arrest is vital to give people the best chances of survival so I recommend all the clubs in our area to apply to this grant program."
Clubs receive 50 per cent towards the funding and maintenance of a defibrillator.
The program remains open for applications until May 2019 - for more information on the program, go to sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator.