400,000th Child trained with lifesaving skills

Released 25/06/2018

Empowering young kiwis to be confident in their lifesaving skills is a fantastic initiative we’ve been proud to support.

ASB St John in Schools have today trained their 400,000th participant at Waituna Creek School, Waimate.

 St John receives over fifty 111 emergency calls from children every month.

 St John Director of Community Health Services, Sarah Manley, says they're the first responders in these situations.

"They’re often in distressing situations involving a parent or loved one."

"Usually they have fallen, are unconscious or having convulsions."

Scary situations, confident kids

School children received training in first aid, responding to emergencies, bandaging, and CPR.

Injury prevention and disaster preparedness are also important parts of the training.

"Training our tamariki early in life creates confident, passionate young New Zealanders. They'll become the future leaders in emergencies and lead health outcomes across the country," Ms Manley says. 

Every child can be a hero

"We believe every child should have access to basic first aid training to help improve health outcomes in all New Zealand." Ms Manley says.

Schools interested in rolling out the ASB St John in Schools programme can contact St John online.

ASB St John in Schools Programme

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