Today’s announcement coincides with World Restart a Heart Day! This is a global day devoted to promoting cardiac arrest awareness and the chain of survival (Call – Push – Shock).
Australian Cricket clubs and associations have linked with Community Heart Program to create awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and to access a platform to enable them to fundraise for Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), which are a vital link in the chain of survival when dealing with cardiac arrest.
Recognising the need to support the community, Queensland Cricket is encouraging clubs throughout the State to sign up to the program as, according to recent studies, an AED can increase someone’s chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest to around 70%.
Queensland Cricket will join with Cricket Australia and Heart of the Nation to work alongside Stryker to deliver the program. Stryker is a medical technology company which manufactures Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and a range of other medical devices.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said cricket’s involvement in the program was potentially lifesaving.
“A lot of people play cricket and it’s a sport that can be played into a much older age when compared to other team sports. Both factors are linked to an increase in the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
“Cricket is also different to a lot of other sports in that clubs and their teams can often be playing at multiple venues, all at the same time.
“We’d love to get to a point where every cricket club in Queensland has a defibrillator and players can have timely access to an AED, regardless of the venue they are playing at.
“We believe this program will provide a platform to assist clubs in raising the necessary funds to purchase AED and we urge local clubs and associations to give this the attention it deserves,” he said.
Greg Page (pictured), the original Yellow Wiggle and founder of Heart of the Nation, is passionate about raising awareness around the importance of having an AED readily available, after having gone through his own experience with sudden cardiac arrest.
“Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere, any time – it doesn’t always pick the most obvious victim, and it doesn’t care what you are doing when it strikes,” Page said.
“A lot of people may know that I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest whilst performing with The Wiggles – however, what a lot of people may not know is that the very next day, I was due to be playing cricket. Had I been on the cricket field instead of a venue with an AED, the outcome may have been very different.”
“It’s great that we (Heart of the Nation) can work with Australian Cricket to deliver the Community Heart Program.
“We know that during physical activity, the demands placed on the heart are increased. We want to make sure that we continue to educate and empower the community so that if they are ever the first responders on site at local sporting clubs, they have the knowledge and the equipment to save a life,” Page said.
Clubs wishing to find out more information about the Community Heart Program can visit:
In addition, local clubs and indoor cricket centres around Australia will be able to access funds to purchase AEDs with the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia supporting the program through the national Grassroots Cricket Fund.