CAL partners with Red Cross in SI

Cayman Airways came to the aid of Red Cross volunteers from the Sister Islands, last week, when it gave away round-trip tickets to Kathy Kirkconnell, Judy Nye and Mike Nye.

The generous gesture allowed the trio to travel to Grand Cayman to train as much needed first aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) instructors.

‘Our Chapter is very excited to participate in this training and so grateful for the support of Cayman Airways,’ said Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Co-ordinator, Kathy Kirkconnell.

‘I have found CAL’s management and staff always willing and eager to help us when asked,’ she added.

The Train the Trainers course, provided by the Cayman Islands Red Cross, lasted three days and was taught by the Brigade Commander from Saint Maarten’s Red Cross, Joseph Charles. He was assisted by Peter Hughes, Health and Safety Manager, Cayman Islands Red Cross.

Participants were required to be First Aid/CPR/AED certified and had all passed a pre-course exam testing their skills. The course consisted of lectures, participant skill demonstrations, and participants developing their own course lecture for presentation to the class.

The Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Chapter trainees passed the course with flying colours. The newly-certified instructors are now poised to start training fellow Red Cross volunteers as well as others wanting to gain such training on the Sister Islands.

Judy Nye, Health and Safety Manager for the Sister Islands’ Chapter said, ‘Our goal is to train as many Sister Islands residents as possible, so we have a broad base of knowledgeable people to assist during any type of home, office or island emergency requiring these skills.’

The Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Chapter of the Cayman Islands Red Cross will post notices when First Aid/CPR/AED classes are scheduled to begin in due course.

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