Yet Another First for the Brotherhood!

The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard renders emergency services at the Mandeni Raft Race.

At the request of Mandeni Round Table, the organisers of the Mandeni Raft Race to render First Aid & Emergency Services we assisted at this annual event. The response from our active members was very encouraging. A nurse, a paramedic, a Basic Ambulance Assistant and a driver, manned the ambulance. It was initially stationed at the start of the race and then at the finish.

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The secondary emergency vehicle, which was used as a backup for the ambulance, was based at the Care Centre & Hospice. A nurse, a first-aider and a caregiver/driver were the voluntary personnel.

The volunteers and staff of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre & Hospice are on call 24 hours per day anyway for the patients of the Care Centre & Hospice. But if someone is in dire need, we never refuse to respond to a call for help. Our ambulance has often been dispatched to such emergencies as motor vehicle accidents, people injured in violence, shootings and other sick calls e.g. strokes, heart attacks etc.

In response to this need in our community, we have decided to start a new project, which we call

Blessed Gérard's First Aid & Emergency Service.

To develop this project we want to equip our secondary emergency vehicle with a trailer, containing a First Aid tent, First Aid materials, field beds, blankets and other supplies to enable us to render First Aid services at large functions and major accidents. This would also increase our effectiveness as a part of the local disaster control and civil defense strategy. We also want to add to our numbers of qualified First Aid volunteers for this project.

If you or anyone you know would like to get involved in first aid and voluntary ambulance service, please contact the Brotherhood office.

Thank you to

those volunteers who went out of their way to assist the Brotherhood during the Mandeni raft race. We mention especially Sr. Sanet van Zyl, Sr. Llaurin Bishop, Mrs. Beverley Dunn, Mrs. Elise Bozas, Mr. Nkosinathi Dlamini, Mr. Martin Brits and Fr. Gérard, all of who went out of their way to help.

We would also like to express our gratitude to their families for their understanding and patience.

This page is part of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard - Newsletter No. 17

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