With the Christian Eriksen incident against Finland at Euro 2020 still to the forefront of many peoples thoughts across the world, Marble City Boxing Club have acted upon the call for greater measures to be taken across all sports to avoid preventable travesties.
The club are €100 shy of their €1200 target to purchase a defibrillator for its club members. They are raising the funds by climbing Croagh Patrick this Sunday.
Speaking to KCLR’s Saturday Scoreline, Garry Keogh of Marble City Boxing Club explained how they came about starting the campaign to raise the money required to buy the all-important defibrillator.
He said: “The importance of a defibrillator was highlighted to us when our coaches took a first aid course recently.
“If the defibrillator is on within three minutes there’s a 70% chance of survival and we realised how important it is for all of our members. It would be so important for the club to have a defibrillator.”
Keogh also heralded the efforts of all club members in making the recent return to action such a success despite the limitations of not being allowed to train indoors with all of its members.
“It has been very good since we got back. We have been mixing it up between outdoors and indoors and that has allowed all of our members to get some really good training in since we returned.”
Despite the return being welcomed by all at the club, Keogh did admit that some people have not returned due to the long absence caused by the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place at the beginning of the year.
“We have seen that a couple of kids have dropped off. Boxing is the sort of sport where you have to remain at peak condition throughout the year so it’s understandable that some have not returned,” said Keogh.
“However, the vast majority have come back, and I think once the championships return we will see all of our old members return to the club.”