As Scotland gears up to take on Samoa in the Rugby World Cup tomorrow (Saturday) a piece of life-saving kit will be on hand that hopefully won’t be needed.
Gifted by Skye-based charity Lucky2BHhere, two defibrillators were handed over to the Samoan Red Cross and the Samoan Rugby Union during the Commonwealth youth games in Samoa last month. They were delivered as part of World Rugby’s player welfare initiative.
World Rugby runs a number of training courses for managing emergencies in sport. These include CPR and defibrillator training. However, it was identified by some nations, such as the Pacific islands, that they simply did not have access to defibrillators.
Rugby is the national sport of Samoa and schools and club festivals are usually attended by the Samoan Red Cross.
Lucky2BHere kindly donated two devices and these were passed over by Commonwealth Games Scotland on behalf of the charity and the global governing body, World Rugby. One device was donated to the Samoan Rugby Union for use with its development teams, the other was donated to the Samoan Red Cross for use at mass participation events. This gesture has been praised by the chief medical officer of world rugby Dr Martin Raftery and the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Pictured at the hand-over are: Elinor Middlemass, general team manager for Commonwealth Games Scotland; Dr Jonathan Hanson, lead clinician at the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford; Craig Maclean, swimmer and flag bearer for the Games; Dr Ben Matavalu, chief medical officer for the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa; and a representative of the Samoan Red Cross.