St John fundraiser running for first aid in schools

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St John head of fundraising Ferdi Fourie is aiming to raise $5000 to provide children with first aid training.
Camera IconSt John head of fundraising Ferdi Fourie is aiming to raise $5000 to provide children with first aid training. Credit: Supplied

A St John WA worker will put his legs to the test in an effort to raise money to deliver more first aid classes at schools across the State.

Head of fundraising Ferdi Fourie will take part in the Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival next month with an aim to raise $5000 for St John Giving — the new fundraising arm of the organisation.

If he reaches his total, Mr Fourie’s fundraising will provide up to 1000 WA children with crucial first aid training through St John’s free first aid focus school program.

Mr Fourie said they were encouraging everyday people to rise to the challenge of fundraising to support and expand a variety of the organisation’s programs, which provide community transport for elderly and vulnerable and includes the St John First Responder App.

“We’re more than just an ambulance service in the community,” he said.

“The main aim for St John Giving is to help close resilience gap in Western Australia.

For us building a resilient community starts from the ground up and we’re there to equip the community with the necessary tools, knowledge and time to get there.

“One of our goals for fundraising is to provide free first aid training in schools for all West Australian kids,” he said.

“At the moment 90 per cent of children miss out on our first aid focus program we deliver in schools, so we want to educate every school child by 2025, so we need to get the public behind that to support that cause and empower our youth.”

Now in its 39th consecutive year, the Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival will see athletes take in the sights of Leschenault Inlet, Koombana Bay and the Indian Ocean on April 11 as they put their skills to the test.

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