The We Can Help Program|
Statistics show that in 1995, 70% of the teenagers who died did so as a result of preventable injuries. More Canadians between the ages of one and twenty die as a result of injuries than all other causes combined. To combat this frightful plight the St. John Ambulance, funded by the Masonic Community Charities Fund, provide a ten lesson course for all Grade Four students in the province of British Columbia.
Since 1995, the Grand Lodge of British Columbia has funded this first-aid and
safety awareness program for children, administered by the St. John Ambulance
Grand lodge allocated $35,000, from their Community Charities Fund, for the
1998/99 school year - partially because the course will be taught in the Yukon
Territory for the first time, starting in September, 1998.
During the 1997/98 school year 31,043 students in 1267 classes, in 628
schools, took the course.
The course of instruction will include:
1. Not breathing-artificial respiration,
2. Choking-how to give abdominal thrusts,
3. Unconscious-put in recovery position,
4. Bleeding-how to apply pressure, raise and bandage,
5. Poisoning-get help quickly,
6. Sprains and fractures-don't move hurt parts,
7. Head, neck or back injuries,
Upon completion of the course the child will be issued a certificate of