YOUNG Gaels from across Tyrone have been learning vital life-saving CPR skills in their summer camps this year as part of a joint initiative between Ulster GAA and the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI).
Around 800 young people have been taking part in GAA summer camps across the country and have been learning vital skills on how to save a life as part of the programme.
Using BHF NI’s Call Push Rescue interactive kits, the Gaels have received training in CPR, so that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest they can intervene.
Head of BHF NI, Fearghal McKinney, congratulated the young participants and the GAA family for equipping them with the vital skills to save a life.
“I’m delighted that Tyrone GAA, in conjunction with Ulster GAA, are leading the way, and teaching their young members to become lifesavers.
“There have been too many young lives lost in sport because of a sudden cardiac arrest and it is vital as many people as possible know what to do when the worst happens,” said Fearghal.
“We need everyone to learn this life-saving skill to give them the confidence to step in and give CPR when someone collapses after a cardiac arrest. It could mean the difference between life and death.”
Tyrone’s health and well-being chairperson, Malachi McCann, has also welcomed the training and encourages all clubs to roll out the programme.
“It is fantastic to have so many of our young players trained in life-saving skills.
“The programme is so simple to roll-out and yet may prove to be so important for so many,” he said.
To help the BHF create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’, or find out how you can teach CPR in your school, workplace or community group visit bhf.org.uk/cpr
Posted: 3:30 pm August 18, 2019