A HOST of representatives from the Manly Warringah Football Association made their way to Sydney’s CBD last Friday for the launch of the Heartbeat of Football.
Staged at the Beta Bar,representatives from Forest Killarney, Beacon Hill, Mosman, Manly Vale and Curl Curl attended the glitzy evening.
Media identity Andy Paschalidis is the founder of the organisation, and has long been a passionate supporter of seeingdefibrillators at football venues across Sydney.
Former Socceroos Alex Tobin and Tony Vidmar were also in attendance, with the primary aims of the evening to educate, prevent and offer financial assistance when it comes todefibrillators.
It follows a number of tragic deaths on football pitches across Australia in recent years, with players in the over 35s age group and above suffering fatal heart attacks.
Manly Vale’s Roy Sider was more than happy to publicly back such a worthwhile cause.
“It is an issue which needs to addressed,” he said.
“It was wonderful to see a full house with people united for the same cause.”
Long term, the aim is to have sidelinedefibrillators at popular venues for over 35s and 45s games across the peninsula.
“Hopefully the State Government gets on board,” Sider added.
“These things take time but we need to be heading in the same direction.”