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Uplifting first aid skills

Key officials of the St John Ambulance Association and Brigade in Sri Lanka representing all the districts recently met in Colombo to prepare plans to serve the Sri Lankan community through first aid, emergency and community care services.

St John Ambulance Sri Lanka along with Jamaica and Zambia has been selected by the St John International for a Social Enterprise Development Project. St John Ambulance Sri Lanka was chosen because of its long-standing performance since 1906 and its desire to develop further.

The Workshop was led by the Chairman Dr. Sarath Samarage along with the Commander Prasanthalal De Alwis PC, Commissioner Dr. Nilam Jiffry. Directors Zuheer Raban (Vice Chair), S Nandakumar Perera, Palinda Edirisinghe, Dr Manjula Sahabandu and Nimal Premathilake also attended. District Commissioners representing all parts of the country actively participated in planning their services in the districts.

First aid training and provision is contributing directly to St John Sri Lanka’s aims in promoting Public Health and island wide empowerment of people in communities with first aid skills. It will pay more emphasis on child development through its Cadet and “Kitty” Programmes conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Prof. Mark Compton Lord Prior of the Order of St. John, sending a message to the workshop said, “I appreciate the work that St John Sri Lanka has been doing facilitated by the St John International Staff to come up with your business plans and strategic plans for the next few years. It is crucial work that you do and I appreciate very much the extra effort you are giving the St John by conducting this planning workshop.”

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