More than 300 sports clubs across NSW are sharing in more than $400,000 towards the purchase of life-saving equipment to respond to cardiac emergencies at sport and recreation facilities.
The funding has been awarded as part of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillators Grant Program which assists sports organisations to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to respond to cardiac emergencies.
Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said almost $1 million had been awarded to sporting organisations across the state since the program commenced.
“Medical experts say the first eight minutes following a cardiac arrest are critical and that early access to CPR and a defibrillator is essential to increasing a patient’s likelihood of survival,” Mr Ayres said.
“It’s so important that sports organisations are properly equipped to respond to life-threating emergencies at their sport and recreation facilities.
“That’s why we’ve supported NSW sporting organisations with almost $1 million in grants to purchase this life-saving equipment.”
Clubs receive 50 per cent towards the funding and maintenance of a defibrillator, with clubs in NSW’s Far West region receiving a 75 per cent co-contribution from the program.
Since the commencement of the program in 2017, the NSW Government has provided $985,000 to assist with the purchase of 780 defibrillators for sport and recreation facilities.
Round 3 of the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program is currently open for applications. Eligible sports clubs and organisations can receive between $1250 and $1900 in funds towards the cost of a defibrillator. Applications close 6 May 2019.
“Defibrillators save lives,” Mr Ayres said.
“I encourage all sports clubs in NSW to take advantage of this life-saving program.”
Find out more on applications and eligibility.