We are grateful to Llew O’Brien MP for the grant of $4300 which allowed us to purchase a new, colour photocopier,  a defibrillator and CPR courses for members.

August 13 and 14 – 1pm to 4pm – we were fortunate to have Ray Wallbank and his team from Emergency Risk Management come to the House and teach our activity group leaders and Management Committee members the invaluable skill of CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation – and how to use our new defibrillator.

It was a detailed first hour where Ray went through the theory of CPR and allowed questions which he answered fully and with humour. Ray is an excellent facilitator and extremely knowledgeable in this field. He had many anecdotes to make his presentation not only instructional but also engaging.

The second hour was practical where we learnt to give CPR and use a defibrillator. The giving of CPR is an extremely physical task and a two minute shift on the dummy seemed like two hours. Ray gave a demonstration first and then circled the room giving us all constructive advice on techniques. 

The third hour was back to theory and making sure we had all understood the necessary steps and procedures. It was a comprehensive course and we all felt more confident that we could indeed help someone in an emergency.

We thank Ray and the ERM team for a well-constructed and informative afternoon. For all those who attended the course, your certificates will be ready for collection on Wednesday August 19 – please see Sandy Mackie.