Inverell Lions purchase defibrillators for local sporting centres

Life savers: Inverell Lions members Ross Morris, John McGufficke, Rick Lange and Peter Kearsey with some of the newly arrived machines. AEDs are also in place in local supermarkets thanks to the Macintyre Lions.
Life savers: Inverell Lions members Ross Morris, John McGufficke, Rick Lange and Peter Kearsey with some of the newly arrived machines. AEDs are also in place in local supermarkets thanks to the Macintyre Lions.

After raising over $30,000 in just months, the Inverell Lions Club have received their first shipment of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines to help save lives in local sporting fields.

The club purchased 12 machines, with more to come. Each can improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrests by up to 50 per cent if used in the first five minutes. 

“We’re hoping these just sit there and collect dust,” admitted Lions president Peter Kearsey.

Three AEDs will be placed at Tourism Inverell, with two freely available for community events. The rest will be in various sports fields including Varley Oval, Kamilaroi, Inverell Rugby Club and Staggy Creek Tennis Club.

The first unit will be installed in an official ceremony at the sports complex this Wednesday from 2pm. AED supplier John Moelker will give a demonstration on the day, with a second session in the evening. 

“The more people aware of where they are and how to operate them, the better,” Lions member John McGufficke said.

To come along, RSVP Peter on 0427 005 015.