MOVES are being made to ensure that the provision of a defibrillator in Kinawley is available on a 24/7 basis.
Members of the committee at the Kinawley Committee Centre have arranged a number of events to help raise funds for a new defibrillator and heating cabinet that will give the public access on a daily basis.
It is hoped, then, that members of the community will be trained in its use.
Anne Malanaphy, (pictured), from Kinawley, explained that the committee hopes a big country night, being held in the hall on April 6, will help with the £2500 cost attributed to the defibrillator and heating cabinet.
“The football club would have it, but the defibrillator there wouldn’t be accessible for 24 hours a day,” Ms Malanaphy explained, “and we’re hoping with the fundraising that we have it available for that period of time.”
She went on: “My background is community nursing – I’ve heard recently that there have been a couple of instances where a defibrillator has been used and has been vital. I suppose it’s just something that I feel strongly about and it’s something that I think we need to have as many people in the community as possible trained in it. It’s just about getting people together who have an interest in their own community.”
With the defibrillator to be housed outside the hall, which is celebrating its third anniversary, the heating cabinet is a necessary, but costly, extra.
“The country night is for the fund. At the minute we’re hoping for that to be a success with all the different artists taking part. Hopefully we’ll be able to raise a lot of money that. We definitely know what we need. They have it in Derrylin, they have it in Derrygonnelly – and I think Florencecourt – so we’re hoping that that’s what we get set up.”
The country night takes place on April 6 from 9.30pm. See next week’s Focus section of the paper for a full preview of the event.
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