From the editor's desk
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