Nick Karagiannis and Heartbeat of Football come together to save lives on the field

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Heartbeat of Football’s (HoF) call for a vehicle has been answered by Nick Karagiannis from CrashClaim Accident Management.

The founder of HoF, Andrew Paschalidis, first put a notice out in December last year asking for a sponsor to help purchase a new van to allow the organisation to conduct free heart health testing days at football fields across Australia.

Now, Mr Paschalidis said he’s “absolutely delighted” with the generous donation by CrashClaim as the “vehicle is a gamechanger enabling us to get to sporting fields and do more Heart Health screening checks.”

The van donated by CrashClaim.

“Being able to test more players and supporters who may be at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest is our core goal and we know every test may prevent a death. Our belief is ‘No one should die playing the sport they love’,” Mr Paschalidis added.

According to Football Victoria, HoF travelled to nine different football clubs throughout the last month to provide free health screenings and education. In total 355 people were tested, 60 percent of who were male and 40 percent female, while 51 percent were below the age of 40.

Mr Karagiannis said he couldn’t be happier to be supporting the HoF.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to support charities in the broader community and my love for football, I could not find a better charity to be involved with,” Mr Karagiannis said.

“Heart health is very close to my heart having lost a family member to heart disease, and the great work Andy and the HOF charity is doing to raise awareness of the importance of having defibrillators at all sporting grounds and the heart health tests at sporting grounds across Australia, is a perfect alignment.”

The CrashClaim team and Andrew Paschalidis.

This isn’t the first time Mr Karagiannis has been a Good Samaritan, with the CrashClaim CEO also donating a Hilux and $5,000 to aspiring Olympian, Meresini Leivere, last year, and he also gave a car to a grandmother from the Central Coast.

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