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School helps brings life-saving equipment to Seskinore

From left, Ivor Barker, Gladys Crozier, Sam Dennison, principal of McClintock PS, Seskinore, Karen McCrea, with Emily and Joe Crozier. The defibrillator has been placed in the village of Seskinore outside the Chinese restaurant, and Emily raised the most money during the school’s fundraising campaign. MC 18

A valiant fundraising effort by the pupils and parents of McClintock PS has resulted in a number of life-saving defibrillators being set-up in Seskinore.

For use by anyone in need, the community defibrillators are located at Seskinore’s Golden Dragon Chinese Takeaway, beside Barker’s Fuel and Tyre business, and within the primary school building’s foyer.

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Members of McClintock Primary School and the school’s Parents Support Group (PSG) raised funds for their ‘Defib’ campaign by taking part in the recent Omagh 5K Fun Run – a race which saw 100 pupils, parents and friends get involved. Local businesses and churches also generously donated to the campaign.

The principal of McClintock Primary School, Sam Dennison said the school was delighted to give something back to the community.

“We see the school as being an integral part of the community and we are delighted to have this opportunity of offering something back,” he said.

“We want to see our pupils as becoming fully involved members of society, aware of the importance of health related issues and the need to care for others.”

Karen McCrea, who is chairperson of McClintock PSG said the Defib campaign successfully united the entire community.

“We are very appreciative of all the support the defib campaign generated in uniting everyone for this good cause,” she said.

“Unfortunately heart attacks do take place but with defibrillators now in the school and village, someone’s life will be saved in the future.”

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The school and PSG wish to thank everyone who helped them reach their fundraising goal.

After a recent public meeting to thank everyone who contributed and demonstrate how to use the defibrillators, it was decided that a course should be arranged for September at no cost to train locals in First Aid.

Depending on interest further training sessions will be organised at McClintock PS later this year.  This will be followed up in the school throughout the next academic year with training in emergency first aid for all the year one to seven pupils.

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