A MATE who suffered a heart attack on a Tamworth hockey field and was revived by vital technology has inspired a local community organisation to make a difference.
The Rotary Club of Tamworth West has launched a new campaign and are encouraging community members to recycle their old car or truck batteries which will in turn be transferred into funds to purchase new defibrillators for local groups.
The club is hoping they can raise money to support half the cost of what a local club or organisation would have to fork out for the life saving device and have encouraged community members to drop their batteries in to Bearfast in Taminda.
“I was playing hockey for Souths United third grade when Mark Hooper had the heart attack and it led me to think about what rotary could do to get more defibrillators out in the community,” Club president James Hindmarsh said.
“I thought maybe people can donate a battery to jump start a heart,.
“We can utilise the funds from the recycling of batteries to get more defibrillators into the community.
“It is also an environmentally friendly source of recycling old waste and putting it into really important pieces of technology that can save lives.”
Mr Hindmarsh said he hoped from the initiative being rolled out to interested local clubs and sporting groups, that shopping centres and major supermarkets could come on board to take on the life saving technology at their venues.