Non-Profit Community Taking Life-Saving Lessons

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 10, 2006

Over a hundred people will get a life-saving lesson this weekend through the American Red Cross.

While the lesson is important, just who is getting the lesson, is also important.

Charlottesville's land area is just over 10 square miles, but within those 10 square miles, are almost 800 non-profit organizations. Thanks to the generosity of a private donor many of those organizations are now able to learn life-saving techniques for free.

"We're going to be able to training about 160 people in CPR, and some of them also in the use of an AED," said Hamp Hill of the American Red Cross. An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a device that can save someone's life in the event of a heart attack.

The American Red Cross is always concerned about the well-being of its community, whether someone is affected by a natural disaster, or experiences a personal emergency.

Often giving help to others, the Red Cross is still doing so, but this time along with someone else to help the non-profit community.

"There are people who need the training, but because of budget constraints maybe due [to] being a non-profit, they are not able to afford that," added Hill.

Last year, the Red Cross reached out specifically to NPOs after teaching CPR to 70 of it's members. This year, Red Cross will teach CPR, and give training for AEDs to 150 people.

"We normally only teach about 8-10 people at a time, so doing it in a large scale like this is quite an under-taking," said Hill.

Because the American Red Cross expects 150 people in the class on life-saving lessons, they had to go out and rent 150 mannequins, and they will be using almost a dozen AED devices.

Call (434) 979-7143 for more information about taking future classes.

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