Primary school children in WA are being trained in dealing with first aid emergencies thanks to a $15,000 donation to St John WA by HIF.
More than 3,000 students from seven Perth schools are set to benefit from the training with South Halls Head Primary School, Pioneer Village School in Armadale and North Balga Primary School among the first beneficiaries.
HIF Chief Executive Officer Justin James said HIF was pleased to work with St John to deliver important services and training in health emergencies to young West Australians.
“HIF’s aim is to work with St John WA to help close the gaps and provide greater access to healthcare by helping to fund important community initiatives,” James said.
“First Aid is an essential tool for us all. If we can learn these skills earlier in life and equip children to be prepared to keep a cool head and take the initiative in an emergency, then that’s a wonderful outcome.”
St John WA’s First Aid Focus program trains and educates children with the skills to assess and respond respectively in the event of health emergency.
“On average, one child calls our State Operations Centre each month asking for help for a parent or carer. It is never too young to learn potentially life-saving first aid skills,” St John WA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Fyfe said. “Emergencies don’t wait for grown-ups. Children are some of our most precious and important callers.”
With more than 130 years’ experience, St John WA has equipped the community with the tools, time and knowledge to overcome medical challenges that will help save and protect the lives of Western Australians.
HIF’s partnership helps St John WA to create stronger, more resilient communities, while providing better access to high quality healthcare for HIF members.
HIF is a founding partner of St John Giving, St John WA’s fundraising initiative. For more information about our support, please visit our St John Giving page.
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