1 July, 2021
Lions donate defibrillator to tennis club
LIONS Club of Cairns Barrier Reef President, Rachel Davy with Freshwater Tennis Club President, Brian Davis and Committee member, Delmae Davis
Freshwater Tennis Club was the grateful recipient of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) donated by the Lions Club of Cairns Barrier Reef.
The tennis club has been trying to source funding for a defibrillator for some time and now, thanks to the Lions Club, they have been able to secure this vital piece of equipment.
Freshwater Tennis Club provides a range of activities for players of all ages and 30 per cent of its members are aged over 60. However, sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time and at any age with little or no warning.
Having an AED on site will improve a person’s survival prospects dramatically by giving a first aider the chance to provide vital treatment while waiting for the emergency services to arrive. The tennis club committee members have all just updated their first aid training which included the use of an AED so club members and players can feel secure in the knowledge that emergencies will be dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. The AED will also be a great asset for the community who attend the popular Freshwater Festival which is held at the tennis club.
Freshwater Tennis Club President, Brian Davis said “My wife and I were excited to attend the meeting of the Lions Club of Cairns Barrier Reef to receive the amazing gift of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Freshwater Tennis.
“This is an item that has been desperately needed by our club for some time and the lovely people at the Lions Club stepped up to help us out.
“As I said at the meeting, we hope to never have to use the machine but if we do the person saved will know they owe their life to you guys.
“This is an amazing gift from a committed great group of people, the unsung heroes of our community.”