Health Minister and Order of Malta launch ‘Adams Gift’: CPR Awareness Week

Date Published : October 12th, 2016    Published By : admin

A life-saving initiative, inspired by the death of 13 year- old Adam McAndrew last year was officially launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today as part of Adams Gift: CPR Awareness Week which runs from the 22nd to 30th October.

The Minister was joined by volunteers from the Order of Malta at this, the second launch of Adams Gift: CPR Awareness Week which will see over 200 CPR demonstrations to take place nationwide.

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Photo by Nick Bradshaw: Courtesy Order of Malta

The nationwide initiative is designed to educate people of all ages in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), how to recognise and manage cardiac arrest, and how to potentially save a life.

13-year old Adam McAndrew, the son of Order of Malta unit member Kerry, died last year from sudden cardiac death. Despite her grief and heartbreak, Kerry began an initiative to make Adam’s classmates aware of CPR and the importance of early access to Auto External Defibrillator (AED), emergency services and good quality CPR.

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Pictured with Minister for Health Simon Harris TD are Kerry McAndrew, Eibhlin Murphy and Nathan McLoughlin.
Photo by Nick Bradshaw: Courtesy Order of Malta


Levels of CPR awareness in Ireland is comparatively low and the Order of Malta Ireland has stepped up to the mark to support this initiative and is working with Kerry to amplify the message, encourage more people to learn the skill, and potentially save lives. 

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD attended the launch and met with and spoke to some Cadets of the Order of Malta. The Minister said ‘Knowing CPR is a key life skill and one that everyone should know. I fully support the Order of Malta in their efforts to bring this message to the public and would encourage everyone to take part in one of their awareness sessions. I wish to commend the bravery of Kerry McAndrew who has spearheaded this initiative in her son's memory. Wider awareness of CPR saves lives.'

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Cadets Nathan McLoughlin and Eibhlin Murphy with Minister Simon Harris TD
Photo by Nick Bradshaw: Courtesy Order of Malta


The Order of Malta will be providing free CPR awareness training to the public and volunteers will be checking AEDs in their local communities. Speaking at the launch, Commander John Wright, National Director with the Order of Malta said: ‘Throughout the week members of our organisation will be providing free CPR awareness training in over eighty locations CFR classes. They will also be checking the AEDs in their local communities.'

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Photo by Nick Bradshaw: Courtesy Order of Malta

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