World First Aid Day - 09.09.2017

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA hosted a series of events across South Africa to raise awareness of the risks associated with water in and around the home as it marks World First Aid Day on 9 September 2017. This year, the theme of World First Aid Day was “Domestic Accidents”.
“Unfortunately, children are particularly susceptible to accidents in their daily lives but active adult supervision and a knowledge of First Aid, CPR and water safety will help prevent drowning accidents at home and save lives” comments HSH Princess Charlene.
“The majority of domestic drownings are preventable. Being aware of the risks and dangers in a domestic setting and supervising children carefully, especially around buckets, baths and swimming pools, is the first step to developing a culture of safety in the home” explains Ryk Neethling, Olympic Champion swimmer and CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA. “However, it is also essential that family and community members have a knowledge and understanding of First Aid, CPR and water safety, a vital step in the chain of survival if a child suffers a drowning accident at home” he went on to say.
In collaboration with the South African Red Cross Society – whose Patron is HSH Princess Charlene -  the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA organised skills workshops in Shakashead, Pinetown and Ballito and awareness campaigns on The North Coast, in Pretoria and on social media.