World First Aid Day, September 10

Saturday, September 10, marks World First Aid Day ? an opportunity for the 100 million Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers across five continents to focus attention on the value of first aid training.

?As we?ve seen in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, regular folks with first aid knowledge can save lives,? says Becky Row, First Aid and Water Safety Program Representative for the Northern BC & Yukon Region of the Canadian Red Cross. ?Everybody thinks ?Somebody will help. Somebody will call 911. Somebody will know what to do.? We?re encouraging people to be the somebody that saves a life.?

To mark World First Aid Day in Canada, Red Cross will be hosting a variety of promotional events across the country and offering an on-line first aid quiz and contest at www.redcross.ca to help people determine their level of first aid knowledge.

For more than 50 years, the Canadian Red Cross has reduced death and suffering through its first aid training programs. Every year more than 300,000 Canadians take Red Cross first aid training and gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to deal with emergency situations and prevent injuries. Research shows that first aid training helps individuals become more aware of potential dangers and reduce their risk of injury.

The Canadian Red Cross offers a wide variety of first aid and injury prevention programs for all ages, from children to adults, and for all skill and interest levels from babysitters to first responders.

For information on First Aid, CPR or Automated External Defibrillation (AED) courses, call, toll-free, 1-888-307-7997 or visit www.redcross.ca.