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KENORA, ON – May 31, 2013 – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and its supporting partners are pleased to announce the official launch of the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in Kenora-Rainy River District high schools. To highlight this important initiative, a presentation with photos will take place today, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Beaver Brea Secondary School (1400 9 St. N., Kenora, ON, P9N 2T7).
Each year, more than 1,000 students from 10 high schools in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, the Kenora Catholic District School Board and the Rainy River District School Board will be empowered to save lives through the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program.
The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Canada. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for training mannequins and defibrillator training units for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up.
As the lead community partner in the Kenora-Rainy River District, TransCanada Corporation and community partners OPG, Telus and the Rotary Club of Dryden have donated 24 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, 155 training mannequins, an AED for in-school cardiac arrest emergencies, as well as teacher training to support this lifesaving program.
“TransCanada believes in partnering with organizations that help build stronger communities,” says Marie Rajic, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, TransCanada. “Helping these young students to gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community is a perfect opportunity to do just that and we are proud to be a part of this program.”
Provincial partners include the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation as an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Hydro One. The ACT Foundation’s national health partners – AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi – are committed to bringing the program to high schools in Northwestern Ontario and across Canada.
“Hydro One continues to be a proud supporter of the ACT Foundation’s CPR and Defibrillator Training Program”, said John Macnamara, VP, Health, Safety & Environment, Hydro One. “Safety is our priority in everything we do and we feel that it important to assist in the development of these programs in order to ensure we are helping create safe communities and a safety-focused workforce.”
“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, this lifesaving program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.
Four in five out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home or in public places. Early CPR, combined with the use of an AED within the first few minutes, can improve survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75 per cent, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives.
About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in Canadian high schools. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the program to high schools across Canada include AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi.
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