AFTER a hectic trip to Vietnam teaching the life-saving skills of CPR, Tamworth man Cameron McFarlane finally has some time to catch his breath.
Mr McFarlane gave resuscitation lessons to 750 Vietnamese students across 12 schools in the Hue region.
Vietnam is home to one of the world’s worst childhood drowning rates with up to 4000 children dying in the water annually.
It was his first time taking his CRP education course overseas, but it could be a taste of things to come for Mr McFarlane.
“We were very privileged to have the Hue province education minister come and watch some of the shows,” Mr McFarlane said.
He said the minister wanted to see the program rolled-out to more schools in Vietnam.
Mr McFarlane thanked Calala, First Light and West Tamworth rotary clubs which raised funds for a range of supplies for the students.
“There’s no way I could’ve done it without the support of Tamworth,” he said.
As the school year winds down in Australia, Mr McFarlane said his focus would shift back to Tamworth in March and April next year.
His classes have been delivered to more than 22,000 students in Australia and he wanted to boost those figures even higher.
Mr McFarlane has met with the NSW education minister, Rob Stokes, and pushed to have CPR courses included in the state curriculum.
His push has been supported by NSW Royal Lifesaving.