The Corowa Men’s Shed and the Wahgunyah Lions Football Netball Club have both been given a life-saving piece of equipment thanks to the Corowa Lions Club.
Wahgunyah Lions Football Club President Darryl Hore said it was becoming increasingly more important to have this type of equipment on hand.
“You just never know when you will need to use it and it’s something that can help save a life,” he said.
The defibrillator will be located at the Wahgunyah Community Centre, so it will be on hand for community groups using the centre as well as the football club and spectators.
Football club supporter Julie Withers-Sterling was one of the instigators behind the donation and the Men’s Shed applied for the defibrillators.
The Lions Club used fundraising dollars to purchase the two units, which came in at just under $3000.
Mr Hore said to raise those kinds of funds for the defibrillator would take the football club a long time, so to have the machine donated was a blessing.
“We are very thankful to both the Men’s Shed and the Lions Club,” he said.
“It’s not just for use in the football season, the tennis club will have use of it in the summer period and there’s functions down there throughout the year, so it’s a great thing for the community.”
Members of the Men’s Shed will have training in how to use the device, while the football club has people on hand who are already trained in its use.
Les Johnson from the Corowa Lions Club said when the club got the request it all made sense.
“It’s not only for the older generation of the football club but you have footballers to consider too,” he said.
“A lot of sporting organisations have them these days as part of their safety equipment.
“There are also a lot of elderly people here at the Men’s Shed and this is a life-saving device.”