Augusta Red Cross offers free CPR training

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AUGUSTA, GA, March 6, 2006--- On March 25, 2006 the American Red Cross of Augusta will host a “Free CPR Saturday.” The event will be held at Abilene Baptist Church, located at 3917 Washington Road from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The four hour training will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to perform rescue breathing, abdominal thrusts and CPR on adults. Upon completion of the free CPR training, participants will take a written exam and receive a certification card.

More than 75% of all heart attacks occur at home, and by learning lifesaving skills such as those taught on “Free CPR Saturday”, family members will be better prepared to save a life. “CPR Saturday is a free service that the Augusta Chapter offers every year, it is our gift back to a community which gives us so much,” said Sandra Leathers, Director of Health and Safety.

Individuals are asked to register by March 13, 2006 if they plan on attending the course. For more information, or to register, please call the Augusta Chapter at (706) 724-8481 ext. 211.

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors -- across the street, across the country and across the world -- in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new -- the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through more than 800 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood -- the gift of life -- through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. servicemembers separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 181 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.