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Restart Heart Day - 16th October

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Today is Restart a Heart Day – a day each year when across the globe we raise awareness of CPR and how important it is for us all to know how we can save a life using just our hands.


This year, however, it’s a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year we had to cancel our public CPR training programmes and we don’t know when we’ll be able to run them again.

Why is it important that we all know how to perform CPR? Every year in Ireland thousands of people die from a cardiac arrest. Around 70% of these deaths happen at home, in front of a loved one. Which means that if someone you love suffers a cardiac arrest, you could be their best chance of survival.

To counter this, we’ve developed a new awareness campaign, kindly supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, which shows just how straightforward it is to perform CPR. We’re launching the campaign today on Restart a Heart Day with a great new video featuring “Manny Quinn”, our familiar CPR training manikin! It’s less than a minute long – please take a minute to check it out and remind yourself of the key steps of CPR.


It’s so important that as many people as possible see this video and know the hard and fast rule of CPR. If we each spread the word – even just to a few people – its impact will multiply across the country (and beyond!).

Will you share this video with five of your family or friends on social media and help us spread this important message?

Thank you so much for your support,

Brigid Sinnott
Resuscitation Manager, Irish Heart Foundation

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