Croí donation gives a shock to the heart in Salthill

Galway Daily news Croí donation gives a shock to the heart in Salthill

A donation from Galway Salthill Rotary Club to Croí Heart & Stroke Charity has delivered a lifesaving boon for the area.

Galway Salthill Rotary Club recently presented a cheque to Neil Johnson, CEO of Croí in memory of their longstanding member, the late Benny O’Connor.

The donation has allowed Croí to purchase a fourth automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Salthill area.

The new piece of lifesaving equipment has been placed in a central location beside Salthill car park on the wall of the toilet block facing the sea.

“The Galway Salthill Rotary Club through its Kick the Wall collection box embedded in the wall at Blackrock has been a considerable success,” said Pat Hobbert, President of Galway Salthill Rotary.

“For the last eleven years it has enabled the club to support local charities through the generosity of the Galway public, the defibrillator being an example”

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

Croí thanked the O’Connor family and Galway Salthill Rotary Club for the generosity which enabled this purchase, and the city council for providing a location where it can be used to help those in distress.