In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is back again this year with the CPR challenge in conjunction with RLSS Commonwealth. RLSS has been promoting this lifesaving campaign since 2020 to increase awareness and confidence in performing emergency response practices. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is an emergency life-saving procedure that can be used when an individual’s breathing or heartbeat suddenly stops. It is a life-saving skill that everyone should have as you never know when you may need CPR to save someone's life. As a member of RLSS Commonwealth, Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS) has committed an one hour block on 29 Sept 2022 and 6pm to participate in this challenge. Members of SLSS are invited to come down to our office at Kallang Basin Swimming Complex to join us in this meaningful event.
Also, we are also creating awareness on the importance of CPR and to raise funds through our social media platforms. The main use for this fund raised is to provide underpriviledged and low income families to learn basic cardiac life support course. This aim to create an environment where everyone is able to perform this emergency lifesaving procedure should their loved ones are in need.