EUROSPAR shops in Cork have joined forces to launch a life-saving initiative for local communities.
Shops in Skibbereen, Whitegate and Dunmanway are just some of those on board with a new community initiative that will see a defibrillator installed at every Eurospar supermarket in Ireland.
Effective use of a defibrillator in the case of cardiac arrest can boost the chances of survival by as much as 75%.
A fundraising initiative has launched to raise funds for the installation of publicly accessible, automatic external defibrillator (AED) at every Eurospar supermarket.
Funds will be raised through in-store collections, community fundraisers and contributions from the sale of a selection of Spar products.
According to Malachy Hanberry, Eurospar Managing Director, "Eurospar Supermarkets are located at the heart of local communities. Therefore we wanted to come up with an initiative that looks after the well-being of the people in our communities and what better way than to install defibrillators outside our stores. Eurospar is focused, in a very tangible way, on helping to save lives in your local community."
EUROSPAR in partnership with CFR Ireland will provide "chain of survival" awareness and CPR training in the local community as well as training for retailers and staff members. This training and awareness will be carried out by local Community First Responders to coincide with the installation of the AED at local stores.
RTÉ's Michael Lyster was on hand to launch the initiative.
Lyster suffered cardiac arrest in 2015 and had to be resuscitated by the National Ambulance Service using a defibrillator.
He stressed the importance of having the lifesaving equipment close at hand.
"This equipment can really mean the difference between life and death," he said.
"Having a defibrillator in a public space raises the profile of heart disease and ensures that people know where to find one when an emergency occurs."