North Coast

More Clarence and Richmond Valley sports clubs urged to save lives

Local sports clubs and councils should bid in a heartbeat for a NSW Government’s defibrillator grant, with applications now open, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis says.

“7000 people have a heart attack outside of hospital each year in NSW and if there is a defibrillator on hand they have a 75 per cent increased rate of survival and full recovery,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Former Yellow Wiggle Greg Page suffered a cardiac arrest while performing with the Wiggles and was treated with a defibrillator that happened to be on site.

“I’m just fortunate there was a defibrillator at the venue otherwise I might not be here today,” Mr Page said.

Mr Gulaptis said that in previous funding rounds, sports clubs in Evans Head, Grafton, Yamba and Minnie Water were successful in securing the lifesaving emergency medical equipment.

More information can be found by visiting www.sport.nsw.gov.au

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