Heart to donate defibrillator to FC Birrarung

Melbourne Heart FC is proud to announce it is contributing a defibrillator unit to local Victorian soccer club FC Birrarung as part of the Defib Your Club, For Life, program.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi tests a defibrillator unit at AAMI Park

Melbourne Heart FC is proud to announce it is contributing a defibrillator unit to local Victorian soccer club FC Birrarung as part of the Defib Your Club, For Life, program.

Defib Your Club, For Life, is a not for profit initiative which is focussed on empowering the community to reacting to its own life-threatening situation of sudden cardiac arrest.

The program aims to provide as many automatic defibrillators to sports Clubs as possible.

Melbourne Heart has embraced the initiative and purchased a unit for the Club-s training facilities to ensure the welfare of players and staff.

Heart has also opted to donate one unit to FC Birrarung, with goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne set present the defibrillator to the junior club at Princes Park, Royal Parade, Parkville tomorrow.

“I am pleased to be part of this program and to contribute to the Defib Your Club For Life program to ensure that junior clubs have the facilitates to counteract the potential tragedy of cardiac arrest,” Redmayne said.

The Defib Your Club For life (DYCFL) foundation was established is memory of 19-year-old Stephen Buckman, a Rupertswood Football Club player who collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest during training in May 2010.

The organisation was founded by Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Andrew White with the aim of raising the awareness of how simple it can be to help save lives through the implementation of automatic defibrillators programs at sporting clubs.