Football Queensland has today announced the launch of the Community Heart Program, a new fundraising initiative which will assist clubs in the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
Run in partnership with Stryker, a medical technology company which manufactures AEDs, the Community Heart Program will provide clubs across Queensland with access to a fundraising platform built specifically to raise money for the purchase of an AED package.
“Football Queensland is delighted to launch the Community Heart Program to support our clubs at all levels of the game in providing a safe environment for participants and attendees,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is for all FQ licensed clubs in Queensland to have at least one AED accessible when games are being played to provide participants with the best possible chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
“Through this new initiative and our partnership with First Aid Accident & Emergency, Football Queensland is proud to offer clubs a best practice solution with access to discounted defibrillation packages and valuable education on heart safety.
“The Community Heart Program fundraising platform provides our clubs with a simple and easy way to raise money for the purchase of an AED package, so that together we can ensure every football ground in Queensland is a safe place for all in attendance.”
“At Stryker, we are driven to make healthcare better and we feel proud that we are in a position to support Football Queensland with technology that could make a difference in an emergency situation,” Stryker Managing Director Ryan McCarthy said.
“Stryker and Football Queensland share many of the same values when it comes to the care of their community, whether that is promoting the health benefits of playing sport or providing vital lifesaving tools.”