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AMERICAN RED CROSS TRAINS MORE THAN 2,500 PEOPLE IN BAY AREA AT ANNUAL CPR SATURDAY EVENT
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American Red Cross of Bay Area
 
March 18, 2009
The American Red Cross amped up its ongoing efforts to better prepare the community in hosting its 28th annual CPR Saturday training event on Saturday, March 14. The Red Cross certified more than 2,500 people in CPR in eight Bay Area counties, making CPR Saturday one of the region’s largest free CPR training events.
 
The Red Cross conducts its CPR Saturday event each year in order to reach out to underserved community members who may not have other opportunities to get trained. During these bumpy economic times, when more people in the Bay Area are struggling to make ends meet, CPR Saturday provides an opportunity for families to learn better health and safety practices without the burden of financial or language barriers. CPR classes were offered in 10 locations throughout the Bay and participants had the option to receive training in Cantonese, Spanish and American Sign Language at certain locations.
 
Participants were able to earn their Red Cross CPR certificates thanks to the efforts of more than 350 Red Cross volunteers and the support of presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and supporting sponsors Ross Dress For Less, Oracle, Pacific Service Credit Union, Medtronic Foundation, Pete’s Coffee and NBC 11.
 
About the American Red Cross in the Bay Area
The American Red Cross helps people in the Bay Area prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Residents in the Bay Area are supported by a collaboration of chapters, including the Bay Area Chapter, the Silicon Valley Chapter and the Sonoma & Mendocino Counties Chapter, who mobilize relief to families affected by disasters and train thousands of people in lifesaving and preparedness skills each year.

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