Vi­vere’s gift to Samoa

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As­cot Park-based med­i­cal char­ity Vi­vere has had a busy win­ter, de­liv­er­ing 200 kilo­grams of med­i­cal sup­plies to Samoa and train­ing two dozen am­bu­lance staff there.

Trus­tees By­ron Wil­liams and Celeita Chip­pin­dale trav­elled to Samoa in June to train the Samoan Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice Au­thor­ity staff in ba­sic pre­hos­pi­tal med­i­cal care.

Train­ing cov­ered pa­tient as­sess­ment tech­niques, air­way man­age­ment, how to check blood sugar lev­els and CPR.

‘‘The am­bu­lance re­spon­ders who com­pleted this course were very proud of the work they do,’’ Mr Wil­liams said on his re­turn.

‘‘Hav­ing this en­thu­si­asm from the staff makes the as­sis­tance we do more worth­while.’’

Mr Wil­liams and Ms Chip­pin­dale said they were priv­i­leged to speak to peo­ple who had seen all as­pects of the Samoan health­care sys­tem and shared their knowl­edge with Vi­vere.

The train­ing and in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing would help Samoans re­ceive more timely and ap­pro­pri­ate care when they call the am­bu­lance, Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘We think it would be fair to say this first train­ing trip to Samoa is only the be­gin­ning of the train­ing that the am­bu­lance re­sponse of­fi­cers will re­ceive.’’

Vi­vere also de­liv­ered more than 200kg of do­nated med­i­cal goods, all of which were grate­fully re­ceived by the Samoan emer­gency au­thor­ity, Mr Wil­liams said.

Model fig­ure: Sam Belsham was styled and made up to the nines for

her Weight Watch­ers shoot in Syd­ney, but did not re­alise she

would grace the cover.

Life­sav­ing lessons: A Samoan am­bu­lance of­fi­cer re­ceives train­ing from As­cot Park char­ity Vi­vere in June.

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