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Cormac Trust ‘Saving Lives’

Filed under: News/Events - Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 @ 5:02 am

WELB-Defibs.jpgTHE CORMAC Trust, set up in memory of former Tyrone captain Cormac McAnallen who died of a rare heart infection two years ago, is helping to give primary school children lifesaving medical know-how.

Seventy-six primary schools in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) area are being equipped to teach basic life support skills to primary sevens as part of the ABC for Life programme, devised by medical students from Queen’s University Belfast.

The programme aims to teach up to 25,000 children each year how to use the life-saving techniques of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage.

The Cormac Trust has funded the materials to be used by the schools, including dummies for practising lifesaving skills.

Queen’s Dr David McCluskey said: “A group of 60 medical students have trained teachers from all of the schools, who will now pass on this knowledge to the pupils in their schools.

“This is a unique scheme. It will educate an entire generation of young people in Northern Ireland and will undoubtedly save lives.”

Schools who wish to enroll in the scheme can contact Dr McCluskey at the Institute of Clinical Science, Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BJ.

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