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2020 News Items

2020 Programme:
The Lifesaving Foundation wishes to inform all that its planned International Drowning Prevention Research Conference in September 2020 has been cancelled.  There is no certainty in hotel accommodation and international flights to and from Ireland arising from the Covid-19 virus. 
We have decided not to organise any events or activities during the remainder of 2020 that would require our bringing people together. We will continue to promote and undertake drowning research electronically.
Decisions on the planned ‘PTSD and First Responders’ Seminar and Ireland Medal events will be taken around November when, hopefully, we will have a clear idea of the hotel and travel situations. We would hope to host the PTSD seminar around March/April and the Ireland Medal events around September/October 2021. We are accepting nominations for the 2020 Ireland Medal via e-mail.

Donation from Association of Retired Gardaí:
On the occasion of the of the 2019 Ireland Medal presentation in Dooley's Hotel, Waterford on Monday, 24th February a cheque was presented to the Lifesaving Foundation from the Retired Garda Association. The cheque was presented to Vincent Flynn, Chairperson of the Lifesaving Foundation by Mr. Matt Givens, President and Ms. Secretary of the Garda Siochana Retired Members' Association. This donation will be used to finance research activities connected with the "Doherty Fund" which supports police officers, serving or retired, worldwide who wish to attend one of our events to present on the topic of drowning prevention, rescue or aftercare. The fund is named after the late Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty who was an Ireland Medal recipient. The Foundation is very grateful to the association and to the many other groups who support its work on drowning prevention research.

International Drowning Researchers’ Alliance [IDRA], have issued recommendations for CPR during the Covid-19 outbreak. The advice is demonstrated on a poster which is available here as a guide to first responders.
The alliance has also issued a document entitled: Resuscitation of the drowned person in the era of COVID-19 disease: A common ground for recommendations, identification of research needs and a global call to action which is also available from here.