The Athleague/Tremane Defibrillator Group held a launch night on Saturday, September 16th in order to acknowledge the wonderful generosity and support the group has received from the local community and local businesses.
This support enabled the group to begin plans to upgrade defibrillators in the village in 2016. The upgrade also involved the re-training of volunteers in CPR. It was also decided around this time to seek contributions from each household and business in the area. The people and businesses of Athleague responsed enthusiastically to this request for support and over €10,000 was raised over the summer of 2016.
Money raised was then used to upgrade defibrillators, purchase new storage cabinets and train local volunteers in CPR and the safe use of equipment.
The training of volunteers started in September 2016 and continued until March of this year. The training was coordinated with the DARA group based in Rooskey. Headed by Robert Logan and his team of instructors, the training was provided free of charge. In all, 60 local volunteers were trained by the DARA group. In addition to these, another 17 local people who had CPR training through work or sports organisations also agreed to have their names placed on a list which was then given to every house and business in the area. The new defibrillators were in use just before Christmas of last year.
On the night of the launch, all volunteers present received their certificates from the committee. Music was provided by DJ Nathan Murray.
The group offered sincere gratitude to all those who contributed in any way to the upgrade and all those who made the recent launch night a resounding success. Special thanks was also offered to all sponsors and volunteers for their continued support over the years.