RANDALSTOWN Rugby Club have definitely not taken their eye off the ball during lockdown!
The club recently made a successful grant application to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for a new defibrillator and it is now proudly installed on the side of the clubhouse in Neillsbrook.
“We were delighted to receive the grant from the council,” said Executive Committee member, Adrian Johnston.
“But the club then decided to use its own funds to buy a special lockbox that means the defibrillator can be accessed by anyone in the area who needs it 24/7.
“The defibrillator is registered with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and so, if anyone feels that it is needed, the Ambulance Service gives out a code that is keyed into the defibrillator.
“The defibrillator is located outside the front door of the clubhouse and the committee really wants to get the word out that it is available to the whole community.”
The defibrillator isn’t Randalstown Rugby Club’s only contribution to the community, however.
“One of our women’s team players – Rebecca - works for Randalstown Pharmacies Ltd,” said Adrian.
“The club’s Executive Committee felt that it might be nice to put a basket together with tea, coffee, buns and treats for the staff there, who are working in difficult circumstances.
“One of the women members kindly put the basket together and some of the club’s funds went towards buying the gifts.
“We’re also planning on doing some fundraising in the very near future.
“On July 4, we will be having a sponsored ‘virtual’ five-kilometre walk or run for all members of the club, which we’ll share on social media.
“Everyone can do their walk or run wherever they wish to, and the funds we raise from that will go to the Cancer Focus NI charity.
“We’ll also be hosting an online quiz as part of the fundraiser.
“It’s also a great way to keep our club members engaged.”
The club has set up a GoFundMe page. If you’re interested in taking part, more details are available on the club’s Facebook page.