Otago Rugby has teamed up with Heart Saver to help share the message with our players and supporting businesses about cardiac arrest and how to react.
The partnership aims to increase awareness of how important AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are in saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
Managing Director of Heart Saver Mike Mander says, “We’re excited to partner with Otago Rugby on this initiative. Sadly, cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time – at work, on the rugby field, at the gym. Currently, deaths resulting from cardiac arrest is five times that of the national road toll – this is a stat we’re passionate about changing. We believe we can change that with more AEDs and better education around CPR and recognising cardiac arrest. We want to help Club members look after their teammates and families.”
The ORFU are thrilled about the partnership and the value it offers Club members. Club & Schools Liaison Officer Simon Wallace said, “It’s fantastic to be able to provide information and awareness around how to react when a cardiac arrest happens, should one of our Club members or supporters experience it. Our 33 Clubs are spread across Otago and are the heart of many communities – we think it’s so important to empower our members with awareness on how to respond to cardiac arrest at their Club or in another area of their day to day life. This knowledge could one day save a life”.
Over the coming season ORFU and Heart Saver will raise awareness on cardiac arrest, AEDs and CPR through the ORFU social media channels and emails.
Photo: Otago Rugby Mitre 10 Cup Head Coach Ben Herring with Melanie Vink from Heart Saver