St John teaches first aid skills to the community

2016-11-02 06:00
From left are Henrietta Jacobus (St John Instructor), Theonay Maarman (Chatty), Lezil Meyer (Sanctor), Calvin Felix (Arcadia), Michaela Appolis (Booysens Park) and Lulama Orlam (St John Brigade Instructor).                     Photo: SUPPLIED

From left are Henrietta Jacobus (St John Instructor), Theonay Maarman (Chatty), Lezil Meyer (Sanctor), Calvin Felix (Arcadia), Michaela Appolis (Booysens Park) and Lulama Orlam (St John Brigade Instructor). Photo: SUPPLIED

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ST John Port Elizabeth, previously known as St John Ambulance, recently secured funding from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) Grant in Aid to train 50 high-school learners from the Northern Areas in first-aid skills.

The schools that participated in the training were Sanctor High School, Arcadia Senior Secondary School, Booysens Park Senior Secondary School and Chatty Senior Secondary School.

The aim of the project was to teach learners the necessary skills to deal with a wide variety of injuries, conditions and situations that are most commonly experienced in their communities.

Severe bleeding, fractures, gunshot wounds, burns and medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, strokes and diabetes were some of the topics that were covered.

The training was conducted at the PE College’s Dower Campus. The venue was provided at no charge and one of the college employees was offered the opportunity to participate in the course.

In addition to the first-aid training, funding has been allocated to 15 learners to benefit from the facility with regard to eye care, testing and glasses from the St John Eye Clinic situated on the second floor in the Mercantile Hospital.

Some of the learners had positive comments at the end of the training.

“Thanks for the sponsorship. The course helped me so that I can help my community and at the sports fields,” said Austin Prince from Arcadia SSS.

“I am sure everyone found the course beneficial,” said Katelyn Vosloo from Arcadia SSS.

“This course was a life-changing experience,” Teniel Prince from Sanctor High said.

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