Rotary Club of Barbados President Paul Ashby (right) handing over the AED to BFA President Randy Harris while Rotary's International Service Director and Football Referee Adrian Skeete and Regal Development Solutions Marketing Manager Dionne Licorish look on.
Any chances of losing any players, officials or fans of football during the upcoming season or any that follow to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), have become much slimmer. That is because the Barbados Football Association was presented with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by the Rotary Club of Barbados in association with Regal Development Solutions.
With the donation made during the club's November 23rd meeting as part of their Cardiac Sports Programme, their aim is to educate the public on SCA and other heart-related diseases as well as provide the tools and information necessary to save lives within our communities. The programme took a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases associated with SCA in young sportsmen and women on the day, and the decision was taken to present the BFA with the AED device which delivers an electric shock designed to restore normal heartbeat rhythm in the event of cardiac arrest.
Of the donation, BFA President Randy Harris said that he was humbled and honoured to be thought of and presented with the life-saving device. “On behalf of the BFA I would just like to say that it was very gracious of you to think of us and give us such a gift today because although we have 7000 members registered with the BFA, sometimes we get caught up with just the game. This has reminded us to stand up and think about the safety and lives of our participants and I think that this is going to help us to make a decision to look out more for the health and welfare of our players because if we don't have them, we don't have a game. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.” he said.