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Volunteers teach first aid at cultural festivals

13 August 2009

First aid demonstration being given at the Central Mosque Islamic Festival.British Red CrossThe British Red Cross had a busy weekend teaching first aid at two cultural festivals in Edinburgh.

Volunteers and staff were at the Islam Festival at Central Mosque on Friday and Mela in Pilrig Park on Saturday and Sunday. At both events, they had a stand demonstrating life-saving first aid techniques, including the recovery position, CPR and how to deal with choking.

More than 800 people attended the Islam Festival, a day of family fun. The Red Cross stand had five volunteers demonstrating first aid and handing out goody bags containing leaflets about the Red Cross and first aid to over 100 people.

Fun and successful first aid training

Mela first aid demaonstration teamBritish Red CrossMela, from a Bengali word meaning festival, celebrates how culturally diverse Scotland is. Forty thousand people attended the event, and more than 200 of them visited the Red Cross stand.They were given 15-minute demonstrations of basic first aid techniques and information about the Red Cross and its services.

Shaheen Ahmed, project co-ordinator, said: “We wanted to inform people about first aid and promote Red Cross and Red Crescent services. The short training sessions generated a lot of interest in our full first aid training courses. It was great fun and very successful.”

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