“I HOPE it never needs to be used but it is there if it does,” says Ann Boland, who has presented her seventh defibrillator to St Gabriel’s school in Dooradoyle.
Tragically she lost her only son, David, to a massive asthma attack eight years ago. He was just 14.
Doctors told Mrs Boland it was a “one in a million chance”. Since then she has fundraised for defibrillators in memory of her son.
He will always be alive in her memory but they are a permanent link to David’s short life, and hopefully prevent another mum from losing their child.
The previous beneficiaries of defibrillators Mrs Boland fundraised for are St Mary’s Rugby Club, Star Rovers, St Patrick’s Boys School, Thomond RFC, Youthreach and St Mary’s Boys School.
A defibrillator costs around €2,000.
“For such a small machine it can do so much good. I held a pub quiz and Valentine’s night in the Gate bar for this one.
“I would like to thank the proprietors, Conor and Carmel Moroney, the people who gave me spot prizes and everyone that supported the events,” said Mrs Boland, who is from St Mary’s Park.
While there is a defibrillator in St Gabriel’s Centre this is the first one in the school.
Staff, who have 46 students in their care, are very thankful. Mrs Boland chose the school for children with special needs because the daughter of a first cousin, Denise Asenov, attends.
“This presentation is a very significant and important gift to receive for our school and we are indebted to Anne for her energy and help in donating this defibrillator to St Gabriel’s School,” say staff.