Cobh Ramblers FC are delighted to today announce the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) as our official charity partner for the 2018 season. This continues the clubs tradition to help promote a charity’s work each season. The partnership will see the Irish Heart Foundation logo on the clubs shorts for the season as well as players being involved in campaigns throughout the season such as the charity’s #ShowSomeHeart campaign this February.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership Lucas Keating of Cobh Ramblers, said “With nearly 100 players involved in the club now, majority of which are in their early twenties or younger it seemed the perfect fit from day one especially given the rise in sudden cardiac death in young people. We are all aware of the tragic incident which happened in Shelbourne last December. We want our players to be safe on and off the pitch and I feel this partnership will be mutually beneficial for both parties.”
“It’s a great tradition in the club and we happy to help charities where we can, ICAN benefitted hugely last season and we hope the Irish Heart Foundation will be the same.”
Anne Riordan, Munster Regional Fundraising Manager said: “Our mission is to stop people dying prematurely from heart disease and stroke. One way we can do this, is to grow the number of people who know how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator, so we can save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. A charity partnership with Cobh Ramblers is a great opportunity to raise awareness of CPR at local level and spread the word that CPR saves lives.
“There is hardly a family in the country that hasn’t been affected by heart disease and stroke and every day 13 families lose a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest. These losses not only affect families, they touch whole communities and the Cobh Ramblers know this all too well. By working together to raise vital funds and awareness, we can give communities the best possible chance to save lives and improve the chance of survival.”
The Irish Heart Foundation relies on charitable donations for more than 90% of its income to fund lifesaving programmes in CPR, prevention, patient support, advocacy and research. This February the Cobh Ramblers showed their support by wearing the #ShowSomeHeart temporary tattoo as they announced the charity partnership for 2018.
Through the #ShowSomeHeart campaign, the public is encouraged to get a temporary tattoo in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation, to make a permanent change in the fight against Ireland’s number one killer – heart disease and stroke. According to the Foundation nearly 10,000 people die from it every year and half of these die suddenly from cardiac arrest. But starting CPR can double a person’s chance of survival. Money raised from the #ShowSomeHeart campaign with the support of Cobh Ramblers, will help the Foundation save more lives through CPR training and prevention.
For more information see www.irishheart.ie