St John puts your life saving skills to the test!

St John puts your life saving skills to the test!

19 February 2016

Thursday February 18, 2016: St John SA volunteers are inviting everyone to put their first aid skills to the test at their pop-up first aid tent on Rundle Mall tomorrow.


Everyone from shoppers to Fringe goers can drop by the first aid tent to check out CPR demonstrations and can even have a go at testing out their CPR skills ably assisted by a St John trainer.


The pop-up first aid tent will be the main attraction to raise funds and awareness for the Volunteer for a Volunteer campaign which sees St John and Bendigo Bank, Australia’s fifth largest retail bank, partner up to raise funds for vitally needed first aid equipment.


St John CEO, Ray Creen, said that the tent provides the perfect opportunity for members of the public to drop by and meet St John volunteers and learn more about vital life saving skills.


“The pop-up tent gives people the chance to come and chat to our volunteers about all things first aid. Our qualified trainer will be giving demonstrations on CPR and, for a small donation, people can actually have a go for themselves and see whether they’ve got what it takes to save a life!


“This is the first time we have ever directly appealed to the public to donate towards our services and it gives South Australians the opportunity to help support St John purchase more life-saving equipment to further expand the critically important work that we do in the community.


“We have seen a steady increase in patient care numbers, going up to 19,000 cases last year, compared to 12,000 the year before. This means we need more volunteers and more equipment to deliver the high quality medical support that saves so many lives in our state”, said Mr Creen.


Bendigo Bank State Manager SA/NT, Joe Formichella said that the bank is fully behind the campaign.


“Our branches have really rallied behind this cause, with their local fundraising activities in full swing driven by a true passion to raise much needed funds for St John volunteers to continue to keep our communities safer. We can’t wait to see what fantastic benefits it will bring to South Australian communities.”


Volunteer for a Volunteer Ambassador and TV personality Leigh McClusky will be attending the event to support the St John and Bendigo Bank volunteers raise money for the cause. Funds raised will go towards critically needed equipment including emergency response kits, stretchers, mobile first aid units, oxygen response kits, defibrillators, spinal boards, emergency vehicles and wheelchairs.