Ballymahon Defibrillator Group held their annual 5k walk and 10k hack fundraising events on Saturday, March 26 and the day proved to be a resounding success with over €1,000 raised and donations are still coming in.
Organiser Darren Mulledy remarked, “Thanks very much to everyone for your support. It was a great community event. It showed how people can come together for the good of Ballymahon Defibrillator Group.”
A large number of people participated in the walk and the hack, including Athlone GAA player Cathal Joyce.
Mr Mulledy added, “A special word of thanks to Cathal who joined us on the charity hack and he spoke afterwards about how his life has changed since he collapsed in Cusack Park, Mullingar on September 13 of last year. He was saved thanks to CPR and the use of a defibrillator/ AED.”
Cathal spoke of how important defibrillators are and the necessity for maintaining and making sure that they are always accessible.
Mr Mulledy said, “It was great to see Cathal back enjoying life to the full, flying around Deerpark Equestrian cross country course just six months after his scare. We wish Cathal well and thank him for his support.”
Mr Mulledy extended a special word of thanks to Finn's Centra, Nally's Topaz, Fresh Today, Smyth's SuperValu and Deerpark Equestrian for their support.
“Without the support of our local businesses we'd be struggling, so a big thank you to them.”
To date Ballymahon Defibrillator Group has trained over 100 people in CPR and the use of a defibrillator/AED.
Mr Mulledy concluded, “Why not put your name down for our next course which is free of charge.”