500 people participate in Citizen CPR demonstration at All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final
The Ciaran Carr Foundation is a Dublin based charity set up by the parents and friends of Ciaran Carr, who was only 20 years old when he collapsed and died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) while training with Round Towers GAA club in 2012.
The mission of the Ciaran Carr Foundation is:
- To Screen each player at least every two years, this consists of each playing member completing the GAA approved cardiac questionnaire and in the future being screened by a medical professional.
- To train every manager and coach in the use of a defibrillator and lifesaving CPR. Mentors are the first to respond to a player who gets into cardiac complications and such a skill is vital to ensure the best possible chance of survival.
- To promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of SADS, knowledge of these can save lives
- To set an example for other clubs, regardless of sport, to join with us and prevent this happening to other communities.
In April 2014 the Ciaran Carr Foundation was chosen by the GAA as one of 5 ‘Charites of the Year’. These charities get the help of the GAA in furthering their individual causes.
On Sunday the 17th of August, Heartsafety Solutions, a PHECC accredited institution, was invited by the Ciaran Carr Foundation to attend the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final in Croke Park with the aim of showcasing Citizen CPR and increasing awareness of SADS.
The day was a great success (especially for Tipperary fans!) with lots of Health related activities including health screening, skin cancer awareness and around 500 people taking part in Citizen CPR sessions led by PHECC registered CFR Instructors. Participants were entered into a raffle with the winner receiving a free defibrillator for their club, courtesy of the Ciaran Carr Foundation. For further information on the foundation please visit www.ciarancarrfoundation.ie