April Pools Day: free life saving CPR class to be taught in Applecross


Kids Alive founder Laurie Lawrence, Poolwerx chief executive John O’Brien and Australian Red Cross representative Russell Crawford.
Kids Alive founder Laurie Lawrence, Poolwerx chief executive John O’Brien and Australian Red Cross representative Russell Crawford.

A STUDY of parents across Australia has revealed 75 per cent believed they did not have the necessary CPR skills to save a life in an emergency.

Commissioned by Poolwerx, the study revealed 37 per cent of parents did not know where to get CPR training and 26 per cent believed they did not have the time to undertake training.

The alarming statistics spurred the creation of April Pools Day, a CPR safety initiative launched by Poolwerx and supported by official training partner Australian Red Cross and safety campaigner Laurie Lawrence of Kids Alive.

At 9.45am on Saturday, April 1 Poolwerx Applecross will host a 20-minute hands on CPR demonstration in store.

Kids Alive founder Lawrence said anything that helped reduce drowning deaths and improved pool safety was worth getting behind.

“We had a dreadful summer this year with 24 deaths and while drowning statistics are dropping overall, every life lost is one too many,” he said.

“Drowning deaths are preventable if we all take ownership.

“Our greatest hope is that everyone who learns CPR never has to put it to use but it’s so important to have that knowledge if the worst were to happen. An attempt at CPR is better than nothing.”