Red Cross and Ahrens Group subsidies defibrillator's for sporting clubs

The Ahrens Group, South Australian Community Football League (SACFL), Red Cross College and the Heart Foundation South Australia have joined forces to give sporting clubs the chance to save lives.

Red Cross College and Ahrens are teaming up to provide subsidies for football and other sporting clubs across South Australia to invest in a defibrillator as part of Project Defib. 

The cost of a defibrillator is $4200 with Red Cross subsidising $1600 and the Ahrens Group contributing a further subsidy of $1000, it makes the purchase a lot more cost-effective for clubs.

Stefan Ahrens, said the Ahrens Group was proud to be a part of the team to help saves lives.

Red Cross aims to assist sporting clubs in reducing the number of fatalities resulting from cardiac arrest and improve safety and emergency preparedness for their members, players and supporters. 

South Australian Business Development manager, at Red Cross College, Jamie Boydon said, “In fact, immediate access to a defibrillator can lead to a 70 per cent survival rate if applied within minutes of a cardiac arrest.” 

Heart Foundation South Australia, chief executive, Dr Amanda Rischbieth said, “There is no doubt that Project Defib has the potential to save lives as our modern defibrillator provide simple step-by-step direction for operation making them appropriate for communities.” 

Every year about 30,000 Australians die from cardiac arrest with the majority occurring outside hospitals and every Saturday, an estimated 150,000 people attend football games at ovals throughout South Australia. 

SA Community Football League manager, Glen Rosser says his organisation sees sees Project Defib as an ideal opportunity to help football and other sporting clubs take a pro-active role in the health of their members.

For further information about Project Defib, go to projectdefib.com.au

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