Westpac’s recent Water Safety Survey revealed that more than half of Australian parents with children aged two to eight (55.8%) would not know the lifesaving CPR instructions needed to take action if they were faced with an emergency.
Some parents also have misconceptions about water safety; with over a third believing if their child can swim they are at a reduced risk of drowning and almost a third believing the first sign of a child drowning is splashing.
That’s one of the reasons why Westpac partnered with paediatric CPR training experts, CPR Kids to develop the Westpac Rescue RashieTM , which is a sun-safe rash shirt printed with CPR instructions for children aged two to eight, reminding Australians of important steps to take when administering CPR.
The initiative is part of Westpac’s #safe4summer, an awareness campaign sharing helpful tips and advice to keep Aussies safe for summer. From rescue helicopter pilots, to CPR experts, they’ve gathered the wisdom of those in the know so that Australians have the freedom to safely enjoy their summer.
Westpac has a long history of helping to save Australian lives as partner in the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, which has been operating since 1973 and undertaken more than 80,000 missions with no cost to the people being helped.
Westpac Rescue Rashies are available for $35 each, with proceeds donated to Take Heart Australia, to help fund vital CPR training. Order from rescuerashie.com.au.