Fonterra initiative aims to give more people life-saving skills
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.