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Nov 13, 2018

A Donation for BERT to Teach Students CPR Techniques

BERT received a much needed donation of six thousand dollars courtesy of Smart at its offices off Coney Drive today. But the donation was not for ambulatory services or to purchase a medical van for the institution. It was rather to fund an education campaign that’s being done by the non-profit organization to teach students basic CPR techniques, which in turn could save lives. The cheque was presented this afternoon by Smart’s Public Relations Officer, Adelaide Sabido to Executive Director of BERT, Andre Carillo. Carillo says that BERT is an American Heart Association authorised training centre. As part of CPR month, which is recognized in September, over three thousand students across the country have learned about how to assist someone suffering from a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

 

Andre Carillo

Andre Carillo, Executive Director, BERT

“CPR Month is an initiative by American Heart Association International to raise awareness about heart attacks and cardiac arrests. And so the intention is to increase awareness and to build the number of bystanders’ supports in the community. According to global research, eight percent of victims suffering cardiac arrest outside of a hospital get assistance from a bystander, someone who knows how to do CPR, which means that ninety-two percent of residents or patients are at risk. So American Heart Association intends to improve this statistic. And so what we did this year was to approach the business community to raise funding and donations to launch a campaign in schools.”

 

Adelaide Sabido

Adelaide Sabido, PR Officer, Smart

“We thought it was a very good initiative through their efforts to educate young people to facilitate or to aid those in need through this hands-on CPR programme. Why not take the extra step to partner with an initiative like this that will educate young people to try to help those who are in need, to perform CPR properly. You were told some statistical figures of how many people die or how many people get aided before ambulances reach there and the statistics are very low. If we would only know how to render aid on spot then that would be a great initiative and really our youths are the ones who need to know this. So we partnered with BERT to ensure that their efforts are recognized, that efforts are successful and that youths countrywide have the skills they need to save someone’s life.”


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