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By Michelle Crean

World Restart a Heart Day takes place on Saturday, October 16 and a local group plan to teach school children some important life-saving techniques.

Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) plan to hold CPR and AED demonstrations, have a school "chain of survival" art display, and will launch of a Heart of Ireland AED phonebox promo video.

"We are running an event at the Anam Centre, East Avenue on October 16," Kevin O'Leary, Scheme Coordinator with KCRU, told the Killarney Advertiser. "We are restricted with COVID, however there is outdoor space and we will reserve parking."

The European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European Parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. This year the focus is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

"With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate Basic Life Support courses in schools and public locations."

He added that the aim of this project is to raise awareness on what to do in an emergency and the steps to save a life following cardiac arrest.

"We have aimed this project at Fifth and Sixth Class although we would encourage all students to learn about 999/112 and knowing Eircode. A winner from each school will receive a prize pack; bag, art supplies, mini First Aid kit sponsored by local and national businesses. The main winner will receive a more substantial prize including a large art pack."

A selection of the art will be displayed at the Anam Centre for the Restart a Heart event on the day.

"In addition a selection of the art will be uploaded on social media platforms and our website. The art competition is focused around the chain of survival, and what students best present their interpretation of the links in the chain."

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The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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