Fon­terra ini­tia­tive aims to give more peo­ple life-sav­ing skills

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Fon­terra, through its Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund, is em­pow­er­ing the fu­ture well-be­ing in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by sub­si­dis­ing St John first aid train­ing and re­fresher cour­ses.

Fon­terra recog­nises the im­por­tant role lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties play in help­ing re­alise its po­ten­tial, now and in the fu­ture. St John and Fon­terra are work­ing to­gether to de­liver 100 sub­sidised first aid cour­ses for up to 2000 peo­ple na­tion­wide.

Fon­terra cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity man­ager Tom Ne­witt says, ‘‘ We want to en­able New Zealan­ders to feel con­fi­dent and qual­i­fied to deal with any in­ci­dents that may be en­coun­tered. When some­one has a car­diac ar­rest, start­ing car­dio pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion quickly is vi­tal to save a life.’’

Through the Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund, we have sup­ported more than 940 community ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the pur­chas­ing of 10 de­fib­ril­la­tors for community groups through our health and safety spon­sor­ships.

‘‘ Our part­ner­ship with St John is an­other build­ing block of our con­tin­ued sup­port for the health and safety of New Zealan­ders.’’

More than 1000 peo­ple go into car­diac ar­rest out of hospi­tal in New Zealand ev­ery year and only 8 per cent sur­vive. By of­fer­ing sub­sided first aid train­ing cour­ses we hope this part­ner­ship will equip more New Zealan­ders to deal with life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions.

St John di­rec­tor Gerry Fitzger­ald says, ‘‘St John first aid cour­ses give you the knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to pro­vide ef­fec­tive first aid when­ever it’s needed. Our mis­sion is to pre­vent and re­lieve sick­ness and in­jury and to en­hance the health of peo­ple any­where in New Zealand. We ap­pre­ci­ate Fon­terra’s sup­port to make train­ing more avail­able.

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