On Saturday April 25th, the Toronto branch of the Sant Nirankari Mission collaborated with the South Asian Heart & Stroke foundation to host the first ever Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training clinic. More than 30 Sewadal volunteers, including ladies, attended this training.
During this training, the staff from South Asian Heart & Stroke foundation used video aid and practical mannequins to provide hands-on practice. The session covered topics such as CPR, uses of the AED machine and life-saving choking prevention techniques, for adults and infants. Research shows that heart attack victims have double the chance of survival if they are immediately given CPR. CPR training is also very helpful in medical emergencies other than sudden cardiac arrest such as drowning, suffocation etc.
It was a very in-depth learning experience for the members of Sewadal to have these life-saving skills. Firdaus Ali, the head of the South Asian Heart & Stroke Foundation, commented that she felt extremely welcomed by the Sant Nirankari Mission and has never seen such enthusiasm and willingness to learn, as she saw from the volunteers. She expressed her desire to build on this initiative with more such training clinics in Toronto as well as extend it to the other branches of the Mission in Canada.
This initiative aligns with the His Holinesses’ vision of service to mankind. The motivation behind the session was as volunteers of the mission we must be willing and able to act in such emergency circumstances where such knowledge and skills should be put to practice.