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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.