St John is teaming up with ASB to provide almost 5000 ASB people nationwide with the opportunity to learn CPR.
It will be the largest ever rollout of a dedicated CPR education programme to be undertaken by a New Zealand corporate with St John.
The training workshops were launched in May 2010 by ASB chief executive Charles Pink and St John chief executive Jaimes Wood.
“2010 is the 125th anniversary of St John in New Zealand, and the 50th anniversary of CPR as a modern resuscitation technique,” said Mr Wood.
“We hope to raise the awareness of CPR through ASB staff being trained in their own communities across the country. The more people who can spring into action and perform CPR during an emergency, the greater the opportunity to save lives.”
ASB chief Charles Pink says this initiative is part of a long-term community partnership between St John and ASB. “The CPR training workshops are a great example of ASB and St John working together to save lives and strengthen community knowledge.
This is the largest dedicated CPR training programme for a single organisation ever launched by St John and if just one life is saved as a result, it will be worth it.”