From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

WHEN we first heard about the Whit­sun­day paramedics’ in­ten­tion to break a Guin­ness World Record for CPR, I have to con­fess, we were scep­ti­cal to say the least.

“Good on them” we thought but, with a record bro­ken pre­vi­ously in New York’s Times Square and the univer­sity city of Manch­ester in the UK, how could lit­tle old Air­lie Beach hope to com­pare?

The fact that on Sun­day night, they did it – set­ting a new world record for 863 peo­ple per­form­ing CPR chest com­pres­sions in sin­gle file – is just an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.

Firstly, hats off must go to Steve Thurtell and Ian Rad­ford for the plan­ning they un­der­took.

Recog­nis­ing that Schoolies week was the prime time to achieve their goal, was a smart move that ul­ti­mately con­trib­uted to Sun­day’s suc­cess.

Well done to all the Schoolies who will­ingly lined up for the event and dragged in all their friends.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Schoolies or­gan­is­ers who, as well as co-or­di­nat­ing their own event, will­ingly col­lab­o­rated with an­other.

And to the nu­mer­ous paramedics from across the re­gion who vol­un­teered their time on the day – you are all amaz­ing.

As Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Whit­sun­day Am­bu­lance Sta­tion, Steve Thurtell, points out, “at the end of the day, it took thou­sands to pull this off, but the team here at Whit­sun­day did the work of thou­sands”.

Per­haps most im­por­tant of all is not even the fact a world record was bro­ken – it’s the fact that in do­ing so, 863 peo­ple have learned a valu­able skill.

Know­ing how to per­form CPR is a skill that could now help all of those peo­ple save lives. Sharon Small­wood Ed­i­tor

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