Time : 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Where : Connect Baptist Church
Address : 21 Braun Street, Deagon
One Brighton family went through a traumatic experience earlier this year, and it’s prompted them to organise a free CPR first aid training event with local organisation, My First Aid Course.
Aaron Harper-Giles, his wife Deborah and their children, were on holidays on the Gold Coast in January, when a toddler was pulled from the pool of the resort where they were staying.
“I just heard Deb yell out in an absolute panic, ‘Aaron, first aid!’,” Mr Harper-Giles said.
“I ran around the pool and got to the toddler; this little boy was about 2-years-old. His mum was really in hysterics, saying ‘he’s not breathing’.”
Mr Harper-Giles had recently completed a first aid refresher course. “This little guy was grey; he was so pallid,” he said.
“I started CPR, breaths and compressions, and all of a sudden he just brought up a heap of water.
“He was breathing again, but it was very raspy and we just monitored him until the ambulance came.
“It would have been only five minutes before the ambulance got there, but it was the longest five minutes of my life.”
Mrs Harper-Giles also helped during the emergency and their children kept the young victim’s family calm. Fortunately, the toddler made a full recovery.
“We’re just so thankful that we were there and we knew what to do,” Mr Harper-Giles said.
The event has prompted the family to arrange free CPR training for the 4017 community.
“It’s a hands-on course, there’s no certificate at the end of it, but it’s a proper training course,” Mr Harper-Giles said.
“And it’s for kids as well – if they’re old enough to listen, they’re old enough to come along.
“My First Aid Course has very kindly agreed to run it for free.”
CPR SAVE LIVES COURSE
Sunday 17 November
Sausage sizzle from 12.30pm
Course from 1.30pm-2.30pm.
Connect Baptist Church
21 Braun Street, Deagon
Register your interest via the Facebook event listing – search for ‘Learn Life Saving CPR’.