Sylvania Heights FC receives Defibrillator

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.

Marc Arcuri

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.

L to R: Ben Cottee from Royal Lifesaving, Sylvania Heights FC President Trent Jordan with Players Amelia Porter -8 and Koby Porter -13 , holding the new defibrillator
L to R: Ben Cottee from Royal Lifesaving, Sylvania Heights FC President Trent Jordan with Players Amelia from W9D1  and Koby  from U14B  , holding the new defibrillator

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.

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