First aid in schools teaches 1 million little champions

First aid in schools teaches 1 million little champions

17 August 2016

This week St John Ambulance Australia celebrated a wonderful milestone – we have taught lifesaving first aid skills to 1 million children nationwide through our First Aid in Schools program. The St John team were at Port Melbourne Primary School on Monday to teach the 1 millionth child first aid and give awards out to a few outstanding little champions such as Tevita Fifita who saved his mum when she suffered a stroke. Channel 7 news was there to catch all of the smiles and proud faces of parents, friends and teachers who were looking on as the children learned first aid. Click the link to watch the footage here:

This is a timely milestone for St John SA as we prepare to re-launch our South Australian First Aid in Schools program in October. We’ve created new initiatives that will ensure the program remains sustainable into the future and we have a number of ways for the community and schools to get involved. Stay tuned for more details about our program in October!

In South Australia, we celebrated our own First Aid in Schools milestone in May this year, with 40,000 South Australian primary school children taught lifesaving first aid skills. St John aims to train every primary school student across the country in first aid by 2020, ensuring generations to come will know what to do in the event of a medical emergency.

With only 3% of South Australian children trained in first aid, we know that we have a long road ahead of us to reach our 2020 goal. To achieve this goal we are calling on the public for help. It costs only $10 to teach a primary school child basic first aid skills – less than the cost of a pub lunch! To help us train children to save a life, head to our donation page and give generously.