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Red Cross courses could help save lives

Friday February 20, 2015 Written by Published in Health
Senior training instructor Patience Vainerere demonstrating compressions on an infant dummy. Senior training instructor Patience Vainerere demonstrating compressions on an infant dummy.

The Cook Islands Red Cross aims to save lives with their first annual first aid courses which were rolled out around the island this week. 

They launched their first basic CPR training course on Tuesday, February 17, in the villages of Titikaveka, Ngatangiia and Matavera.  

All three courses started at 5.30pm and ran for two hours.  

Communications officer Mata Hetland said the Red Cross’s Community Awareness Programme, aimed to reach as many members of the public as possible, and to achieve this, the course would be delivered throughout Rarotonga over the next two days, free of charge.  

Senior first aid instructor Patience Vainerere and her New Zealand trained and certified team, are ready to deliver a fun and informative programme that will focus on teaching the basic techniques of how to resuscitate and place a patient into a recovery position.

A number of people had said how valuable knowledge of CPR had been for them during a traumatic time in their lives and wanted others in the community to see just how important it was to have these skills to help in the event of an emergency, she said.

Despite a disappointing turnout on the first night, Hetland remains positive that as the awareness increases, more individuals will come to realise that learning skills that will save lives should be a priority.

One person who was eager to learn 10-year-old Anthony Apera, who attended the Tupapa Group on Wednesday night.  

Apera was far from shy when he shared just how much he enjoyed learning.

“I am thankful for this course, it is good to learn this. If something happens out of the blue, you will know what to do.”  

The final course will be held on Tuesday, February 24 at Arorangi Sunday School Hall and Rutaki Meeting House, with venues both starting at 5.30pm.  

The Cook Islands Red Cross encourages all members of the public to take up up this opportunity to learn skills that could save a life.

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