Leinster rugby players are all heart this weekend

By June Shannnon CPR News   |   18th May 2018

Leinster rugby players wear Irish Heart Foundation logo

18 May 2018

Bank of Ireland will swop its logo for that of the Irish Heart Foundation on the Leinster rugby team jerseys for its PRO14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS on Saturday (19 May).

The Irish Heart Foundation logo was emblazoned on the Munster team’s jerseys for the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Toulon on 31st March.

The heart-warming logo swap aims to raise awareness and funds for the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme which equips secondary school teachers and students with the skills to deliver lifesaving CPR. The Irish Heart Foundation, supported by Bank of Ireland, hopes to train more than 300,000 second level students in this lifesaving skill.

It costs just €4 to train one student to save a live with CPR and spectators at Saturday’s game are encouraged to donate €4 by text.

Every €4 will be matched by Bank of Ireland up to €80,000 – the price of training an extra 20,000 students.

"This programme teaches students to recognise cardiac arrest early, call emergency services, perform CPR and how to use an AED."

Tim Collins, CEO, Irish Heart Foundation

Speaking about the initiative, Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive Retail Ireland, Bank of Ireland said: “The logo swap with the Irish Heart Foundation aims to raise awareness of the CPR 4 Schools programme and the importance of this training for teachers and students. By starting CPR immediately in an incident of cardiac arrest, the victim’s chance of survival can be doubled, so training in schools is hugely important. We hope that as many spectators as possible text to donate €4 which will be matched by the bank up to €80,000 – the price of training an extra 20,000 students.”

Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “We are incredibly proud that the Leinster and Munster teams will tog out with the Irish Heart Foundation logo across their jerseys and we would like to thank Bank of Ireland for providing the opportunity to take over their sponsorship for the day. Schools are an ideal setting to reach all young people and help reduce premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke which is Ireland’s number one killer. This programme teaches students to recognise cardiac arrest early, call emergency services, perform CPR and how to use an AED.”

The Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools team delivers expert training via education centres to teachers who are then provided with an online programme which can be taught effectively in the classroom. In addition, the Irish Heart Foundation provides schools with free kits worth €600 with training manikins to encourage hands-on practice.



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