We were down at Weston Beach Race this year teaching people how to do CPR for the campaign “Restart a Heart Day” on the 16th October. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. We wanted to help increase that figure. Our trainer Jo was on hand all day hosting multiple different sessions teaching basic CPR to a wide range of age groups from school children to retirees
We started the day by teaching a lady from the kitchen staff, she had an injured shoulder and was worried she wouldn’t be able to help anyone. Jo taught her how to effectively use the power in her leg to perform CPR and she left the tent feeling much better. We then went to teach a group of school children, each and every one of them was excited to get involved and we are confident they have all learnt skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Ronnie Mac – famous bike racer and “fastest bike rider in the world” – was also at our school session to help the kids out and he got involved too learning things he said he hadn’t realised were that important when it comes to CPR.
We also trained up a lot of the RHL and Marshal team to ensure that everyone knew exactly what to do if something unfortunate was to happen over the weekend of the race, thank goodness it didn’t but they were all very prepared if it had.
We calculated that we provided free CPR training to over 50 people on Wednesday 16th October, Restart a Heart Day.. we are proud to have contributed to such an amazing campaign and look forward to doing it again next year.