Best April Pools Day response to date


Thursday, 09 May, 2019

Best April Pools Day response to date

Australia is set to be a safer place to live, with close to 4000 people taking up the quest to learn how to save a life as part of Poolwerx’s annual April Pools Day CPR education initiative.

Research reveals that only 38% of Australians believe they possess the skills to save a life, so the need to educate people is vital and one of the key motivators behind the idea to provide free CPR training.

John O’Brien, CEO and founder of Poolwerx, said this year had the greatest response in the campaign’s history.

“Our research shows 93% of people believe CPR qualifications should be compulsory, especially for parents and pool owners, and the fact there was an increase of over 400% in the number of Australians taking advantage of the free training shows the extent of the community support,” he said.

“The reality is legislating CPR training will take a long time, if ever. So, April Pools Day is our way of educating people about the importance of CPR and helping put live-saving skills into the hands of as many Australians as possible. To us, each person who learns CPR is a potential life saved, because the earlier someone receives CPR, the more likely they are to survive.”

Supported by Australian Red Cross and Kids Alive, April Pools Day launched on 1 April, with the community able to access free Australian Red Cross online CPR courses.

Australian Red Cross First Aid Trainer Janie McCullagh said greater awareness of CPR is vital, especially with research showing 36% of Australians had or knew someone who had a near-drowning experience.

“The longer you delay cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the less chance of survival and most people panic when they don’t know what to do,” McCullagh said.

“The best way to prevent this is to undertake training regularly, which is why Australian Red Cross has team up with Poolwerx to provide free online CPR training for April Pools Day. It is aimed at giving people the knowledge and confidence to step in and take action in the case of a life-threatening drowning emergency.”

Laurie Lawrence, founder of Kids Alive and long-time ambassador of April Pools Day, said unfortunately people did not prioritise CPR training.

“Only 6.9% of Poolwerx survey respondents learnt CPR to help protect their children; the majority gained the skill because of work, so that leaves a lot of people just not bothering to learn how to save a life,” he said.

“To see 4000 people sign up this year is amazing and will create a safer environment, especially in our backyards.

“Knowing how to save someone’s life is an incredible gift you can give to yourself and it is reassuring to know that until the day CPR training becomes legislated in this country there are companies, like Poolwerx, doing what they can to make it as accessible as possible for everyone.”

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