ACT Foundation of Canada

ACT Foundation of Canada

November 20, 2007 12:23 ET

CPR Program Launched in Trois-Rivieres High Schools

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2007) - Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport, Ministry of Health and Social Services, and TransCanada Corporation, as the lead community partner, is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Trois-Rivieres. The launch will take place at 10:10 a.m. at College de l'Horizon, 275, rue Montplaisir in Trois-Rivieres.

The launch of the ACT High School CPR Program in Trois-Rivieres will empower more than 1,200 students from 5 local high schools empowered to save a life through CPR training. The schools span the Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy. The communities reached through this implementation include Trois-Rivieres and Louiseville.

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT's award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. The lead community-level partner playing a key role in bringing the program to Trois-Rivieres is TransCanada Corporation. Also supporting the program at the provincial level are Sun Life Financial and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. National partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

Thanks to the support of ACT's partners in Trois-Rivieres, 180 CPR training mannequins have been donated to the 5 area high schools and 20 physical education teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been implemented in 160 Quebec high schools and approximately 60,000 students have been empowered to save lives. The ACT Foundation's goal in Quebec is to expand the CPR Program to an additional 400 schools.

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve the survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 cardiac arrests occurring at home, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 1,000 high schools across Canada and more than 900,000 youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada's "New Spirit of Community Partnership" Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT's sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation's national goal of promoting health and empowering youth to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

Contact Information

  • ACT Foundation
    Ingrid Gingras
    Media & Community Relations Manager
    1-800-465-9111 or 613-729-3455