The 3rd of July seemed like any other Sunday for a collection of social league football players. That was the case right up to the end of half-time when, while walking back to his position in defence, ‘Big Dave’ (otherwise known as Fabio) collapsed to the ground. He had a massive heart attack right there on the field.
He was lucky. He had his own teammates and opposition players who had some idea of how to do CPR and mouth-to-mouth (or the big “man-kiss” as Dave likes to call it). He also had a nurse on the sideline, a Dr walking his dog, and St John ambulance who responded in time to shock Dave’s heart back into some semblance of a rhythm. He has since had a quadruple by-pass… not quite what you expect at 39.
As a way to say ‘thank you’ to all those people who played a part Dave’s team is putting together a fundraiser to coincide with the re-match of the game that was never completed (despite Dave believing it really should have been). The team has a lot of community support so it will be a family fun day (bouncy castles, face painting etc) and the opportunity to watch some decidedly average football – from a covered stand.
- From 10.30am, Sunday 31 July at Porritt Stadium and Wanderers Clubrooms, Hamilton. Kickoff at 11am
‘Big Dave’ is not the sort of guy you’d expect to have a heart attack. He is called ‘Big Dave’ because of his height, not his weight. He is a fit specimen of a man – thus the secondary nickname of ‘Fabio’. Dave and the team want this Sunday to be an opportunity to raise a bit of money for St John and to also highlight the importance of us all having some knowledge of CPR and first aid skills.
The game is in Hamilton. If you can’t make it I am sure that St John’s would be happy to receive a donation from you. St John provide a huge range of services to the New Zealand community and they have recently been recognised as being New Zealand’s most trusted brand. If you don’t know CPR or your skills are a little rusty then look up the location for a training course on their site.