Lisgoold/Leamlara Community Council Fundraiser for an AED in Ballincurrig

By Alan Sheehan

Barbara Gaffney with Valerie Collins and Rose Browne

Lisgoold/Leamlara Community Council’s fundraising coffee morning, bake sale and book sale raised €900 for the community defibrillator fund last Friday, 26 May.
The event was held at Lisgoold Hall to raise money to purchase and install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in Ballincurrig and maintain it and the two AEDs currently homed in Lisgoold and Leamlara villages.
“It was very well supported,” said Sarah McSweeney of the Lisgoold/Leamlara Community Council and one of the organisers of the event. “We made over €900 on the morning and there was a constant flow of people. We had good support between the bake stall and the book stall, as well as the entry cost and the raffle. We had 16 prizes donated in all for the raffle with Maria Whelan winning the first prize; €50 voucher for Mahon Point donated by Ritchie and Karen O’Flynn from Autoequip here in Lisgoold. We were delighted with it. It is great to see the community come together for a good cause, in this case access to life-saving equipment for everyone throughout the community.”
It is now hoped that by autumn, through collaboration with the East Cork Rapid Response (ECRR), Ballincurrig will now have its own AED with a climate-controlled housing cabinet and local residents will be afforded the opportunity to undertake training in CPR and AED operation.
“By autumn we hope to have the courses scheduled and the AED set up in Ballincurrig along with a temperature-regulated cabinet too,” said Ms McSweeney. “The money will also go towards the constant maintained of the AEDs, such as replacing the pads when they are used. Once the AEDs are taken out of the cabinet the pads have to be replaced, even if they weren’t attached to anyone. People who couldn’t make it are still sending in donations and we will be taking donations on an ongoing basis for the upkeep of the units.”
Ms McSweeney finished by expressing thanks on behalf of herself, Liz Ahern and their fellow Community Council members to all those who supported the event and to those who volunteered to set up, run the event on the day and clean up once it finished.
To donate towards the community defibrillator fund contact any member of the Lisgoold/Leamlara Community Council or Sara McSweeney on 087 684 1949.