Sylvania Heights FC will be the first football club in the Shire to benefit from the donation of a defibrillator from the Marc Arcuri Foundation.
Marc Arcuri , who played for Austral FC in South west Sydney , died tragically in July 2014 after suffering heart complications during a football match. He was just 15 years old.
The Marc Arcuri Cup, a six a side football competition was founded in his honour later that year and raised enough funds to purchase defibrillators for 3 clubs. The second event in 2015, in partnership with Royal Lifesaving Australia, provided 21 defibrillators, one of which will now benefit Sylvania Heights FC.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, when using a defibrillator, survival rates jump to around 70% from around 5-10% using CPR alone.
The defibrillator was presented to the Club, along with a quick training session, at the club’s April Committee meeting.
It will be kept in the canteen and further advice on it’s accesability will be forthcoming soon.