17,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training – In Celebration of Heart Month

17,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training
In Celebration of Heart Month

Mississauga, ON, 10:00 a.m. – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners are celebrating Heart Month with the launch of ACT’s High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in more than 60 high schools in the Peel Region. This initiative will see more than 17,000 students empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at Father Michael Goetz Catholic Secondary School, 330 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON, L5B 3K6.
The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Ontario and across Canada. Mannequins are donated to schools and high school teachers are trained as instructors to train all students prior to graduation.

ACT is working in partnership with health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada, and provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and many community partners to bring this program to the Peel Region high schools.
“I am so pleased that the ACT Foundation is launching its CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in high schools throughout the Peel region. This program will teach more than 17,000 students how to save a life. I commend the ACT Foundation and partners for launching this life-saving initiative,” says Dipika Damerla, MPP, Mississauga East-Cooksville.

This initiative will see high schools receive training equipment as a result of the Skills4Life Fundraising Campaign which has received the support of many community partners and service clubs. These include lead community partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Amgen Canada, and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. Community partners are: BASF Canada Inc., Bayer, Brampton Village Lions Club, EllisDon Corporation, Enersource Corporation, Flower City Kiwanis, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Kiwanis Club of Mississauga South, Loblaws Companies Ltd., Mississauga Central Lions Club, Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club, Mississauga Erin Mills Lions Club, Optimist Club of Brampton, Rotary Club of Bolton, Rotary Club of Bramalea, Rotary Club of Brampton, Rotary Club of Mississauga, Rotary Club of Mississauga Credit Valley AM, Streetsville Lions Club, and Takeda Canada Inc.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, it’s very exciting to see the launch of this program come to fruition,” says Ed Dybka, President, AstraZeneca Canada. “At AstraZeneca, we’re proud to contribute to our local communities and I’m inspired to stand beside the many other Peel organizations that have played a part in making this day possible. I also thank the Government of Ontario for their support and the ACT Foundation for their leadership and commitment to this life-saving cause.”
Thanks to our partners in the Peel Region:

• More than 60 high schools to implement the program
• More than 17,000 students to be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year by teachers
• 1,740 mannequins to be donated to schools
• 232 defibrillator training units to be donated to schools

“Hydro One is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the ACT Foundation’s important work in training high school students in CPR and defibrillation,” says Daniel Levitan, Director, External Relations. “Safety is Hydro One’s first priority and by investing in this program, we are making Ontario’s public spaces safer places to live, work, and play.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “Thanks to them, we are able to bring this lifesaving program to over 60 Peel Region high schools, ensuring all youth will be trained. Students will bring their lifesaving skills to current and future families, building stronger communities and saving lives. See link to many rescue stories.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,750 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners committed to bringing the program to Ontario are provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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ACT Foundation Aims to Empower Peel-Halton High School Students With Life-Saving Skills

Mississauga, ON, May 12, 2014 – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation announced its new campaign – Skills 4 Life: Empowering Peel-Halton Students with Life-Saving CPR and Defibrillator Skills – which aims to raise $350,000 in the Peel-Halton region. The goal? Providing more than 18,000 high school students each year with life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills before they graduate.

“Each and every day, many Canadians experience a cardiovascular event. These events can happen anywhere, at any time and immediate response is critical,” said Sandra Clarke, ACT Foundation Executive Director. “Our goal is to empower youth with life-saving skills, so that they can take charge and help in an emergency.”

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75 per cent.

“I am a long-time advocate of citizen CPR and defibrillation training,” says campaign co-chair Dr. Dave Williams. “From my university student days as a CPR Instructor, to leading the implementation of an AED program at NASA and taking the first defibrillator into space as an astronaut, I am very proud as President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre to play a key role in supporting this exciting program for our schools and youth.”

Skills 4 Life: Empowering Peel-Halton Students with Life-Saving CPR and Defibrillator Skills

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that provides free CPR and AED programs to Canadian high schools, with over 2.6 million students trained to date through ACT’s innovative High School CPR Program. It relies on partners and program funders for financial and leadership support.

“With the support of ACT’s partners we have been able to integrate this life-saving program in over 1,600 high schools across Canada, but we aren’t finished yet,” said Clarke. “Our new campaign – Skills 4 Life – aims to set up the program in 70 schools in the Peel-Halton region.”

A founding partner of the ACT program, AstraZeneca Canada has pledged $50,000 in support of the ACT’s new campaign, and is working with the Foundation to help it reach its goal. The Skills 4 Life campaign kicks-off today, May 12, 2014, and will run for 90 days, with a goal of fundraising $350,000 before the start of the 2014/2015 school year. The funding is needed to provide schools with mannequins, AED training units, and teacher training as CPR and AED Instructors, enabling them to deliver the program to students each year.

“As a founding partner, we’re proud to have worked with the ACT Foundation right from the outset of its high school CPR program. We believe in its mission to empower youth with the skills and knowledge to save lives,” said Elaine Campbell, President, AstraZeneca Canada. “At AstraZeneca, we also believe we have an important role to play in helping to build strong, healthy communities by supporting organizations like the ACT Foundation. We are encouraging other businesses across the Peel-Halton Region to help make a difference too, by supporting Skills 4 Life.”

National High School CPR and Defibrillator Program

  • More than 2.6 million Canadian youth in over 1,600 schools across the country have been trained through the ACT High School CPR Program. ACT is now adding defibrillation as an enhancement to the CPR Program already in place in these schools.
  • Over 6,000 teachers in Canada are trained as CPR instructors and ACT has already donated more than 50,000 mannequins to high schools, ensuring 1:1 mannequin / student ratio.

“We have received hundreds of stories where youth have reacted quickly and taken the right steps to save lives,” said Clarke. “These are incredibly moving stories of youth who have saved their mother or father, a sister or brother, or even a complete stranger.”

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and AED programs in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins, AED training units, and teacher training that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. In Ontario, ACT is working in partnership with the Ontario government. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the program to the Peel-Halton region and to high schools across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi.

About AstraZeneca Canada’s Partnership with ACT

As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, AstraZeneca has committed more than $2 million since the Foundation’s inception in 1985 as a core and sustaining partner. The company’s important commitment is further reflected in its role as a board member of the Foundation. Along with the Foundation’s national health partners Sanofi and Pfizer Canada, AstraZeneca continues to honour its commitment to ACT’s efforts across Canada through financial support and ongoing guidance.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. The company’s Canadian headquarters are located in Mississauga, Ontario.

As part of AstraZeneca’s commitment to improving the health and quality of life of Canadians, the company collaborates with community-based organizations in three key areas – to stimulate an interest in science among Canadian youth, strengthen capabilities and capacity within our healthcare system, and improve the mental and emotional well-being of disconnected and vulnerable youth ages 10 to 19 through AstraZeneca’s Young Health Program. For more information on AstraZeneca please visit: www.astrazeneca.ca.

CPR Flash Mob Sees Students Demonstrate Lifesaving Skills to Fellow Students

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

Over 120 students have organized a CPR flash mob for 1,600 students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario (3700 Trelawny Circle, Mississauga ON, L5N 5J7), Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The day will begin with 120 students demonstrating their lifesaving skills on the football field at 10 a.m.

The CPR flash mob, organized by healthcare teacher Taylor Farquharson and her students, is a unique and creative way to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and to demonstrate to students and the community how easy it is to learn this lifesaving skill.

The ACT Foundation is proud to support Our Lady of Mount Carmel in helping make this innovation possible by providing CPR mannequins and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training units for this event.

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization dedicated to establishing free CPR and defibrillation training in every Canadian high school. To date, and with the support of its national health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi, ACT has established the CPR program in 1,600 high schools across Canada, and more than 1.8 million youth have been empowered to save lives. In Toronto, ACT has set up the CPR program in 120 high schools and 275,000 students have been trained to date, with 26,000 more students trained by their teachers every year.

The Foundation’s work is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and AED training units for schools and guides them in setting up a
program that schools themselves maintain over the long-term.

Ms. Farquharson and her students’ inspired CPR flash mob idea displays the imaginative and novel ways in which teachers and students can build upon the resources that ACT gives them when establishing a foundation for CPR training in schools. The ACT Foundation helped set up the CPR program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel by donating a class-set of CPR mannequins and AED training units. The flash mob is a testament to Ms. Farquharson’s dedication and ingenuity as she expands the program to as many students as possible.