Colin Callanan, originally from Innishannon but working in Perth, Australia, died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) on April 13, 2013 while on a work trip in Thailand. Colin had worked as a project manager for AMS Services in Perth for six years and was a fit and healthy young man who enjoyed water sports and all the outdoor activity Australia has to offer.
Colin’s family are using the weekend of his first anniversary (April 11 and 12) to raise awareness and funds for CRY IRELAND (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to make sure that another family does not have to experience a young life stolen without warning.
St Brogan’s, Bandon, the secondary school Colin attended, recently held a screening at the request of Colin’s family and a number of students were identified as being at risk and sent for further investigation. The family is appealing to all secondary schools to have students screened by HEART AID – a mobile cardiac unit that can visit any school, club or workplace. Their vision for the future is that all first year students are automatically screened and that CPR and First Response training become part of Transition Year Programme.
While defibrillators are now becoming available to the public, the ability to provide Basic Emergency Life Support is vital if lives are to be saved. Colin himself had attained Surf Life Saving Certificate and was about to undertake a Rescue Dive Certificate in Thailand on the day he passed away. Unfortunately there was nobody to resuscitate him.
In Colin’s memory and in aid of CRY the Glaslinn Choir will perform at a concert in St Peter’s Church, Bandon on Friday, April 11 at 8 pm. Hand bell ringers ‘Belles and Beaux of West Cork’, singer/guitarist Joshua Desmond and a traditional music group will join them.
Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club has organised a Motorcycle Run on Saturday, April 12, leaving Barrett’s Bar Innishannon at 10.30am followed that evening by entertainment by Sweet Azz at 9pm in Barrett’s Bar.
For further information on CRY, go to www.cry.ie.