Grenfell Junior Soccer Club members where thrilled last Monday to receive a brand new club defibrillator along with specialised training from Leanne Logan, a representative of Royal Life Saving.
After successfully applying to the Marc Arcuri foundation the club was granted the new defibrillator.
Marc Arcuri was just 15 years-old when he died of a cardiac arrest on the football field in July 2014 while playing for Austral FC in Sydney's South West, the foundation, named in his honour, is doing its bit to help save lives with the aim of installing defibrillators at every suburban football ground in NSW.
Cardiac arrests on the football field aren’t uncommon, with nine players losing their lives in the past two years. Some were amateurs, while the over-45 age category remains most at risk. However, it seems that age doesn’t discriminate with Marc, and 24 year-old Bankstown City Lions’ player, Kodjo Adjassou, both passing away in 2014.
It’s uncertain whether a defibrillator in those cases would have saved lives, but having one readily available greatly increases the chances of survival.
The Grenfell Junior Soccer Club would like to thank the Marc Arcuri foundation for the generous donation as well as Leanne for providing training to members on how to use the defibrillator which will be permanently stored at the Henry Lawson soccer oval.