Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP has announced that $10,680 has been granted to St George Football Association (SGFA) under the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Grant Programme to purchase defibrillator machines.

The need for defibrillators became increasingly apparent in the St George football community after Forest Rangers player Matt Richardson passed away in 2014 at a football match. President of Forest Rangers FC Tony Karahalias and former Lugarno FC President John Taylor subsequently organised the inaugural Richo Cup, a round-robin competition taking place in June 2015 to raise funds to purchase defibrillators.

“There will now be 22 defibrillator machines located at football fields across St George, which is a great result for the community,” Mr Karahalias said.

“These machines will not only benefit football clubs and their players but also many other sporting clubs in the local area.”
“I am very pleased that this funding, in conjunction with the fundraising efforts of the clubs and the St George Football Association will enable each club to now own a defibrillator,” Mr Coleman said.

“Thousands of people play football in the St George competition each weekend in winter. Having defibrillator machines available at each playing field in the area is a necessity.”