The North Carolina Council of Churches' Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) Initiative is excited to partner with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the American Red Cross Health and Safety Services of North Carolina, and Representative Becky Carney to provide free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training to places of worship across the state.
An AED is a portable, electronic device used to restore normal heart rhythms in cardiac arrest victims. When administered within three minutes of an event, survival rates can be as high as 74%. Representative Carney is a living witness. She went into sudden cardiac arrest while working at the Legislative Building in 2009, but, thankfully, had access to an onsite AED. As a result, Representative Carney has made it her charge to offer the same lifeline to others.
With large numbers of individuals attending places of worship throughout NC on a weekly basis, we have the potential to make a real difference and to save lives.
To date, Strive to Revive (STR) has been implemented in numerous congregations across North Carolina and we are working tirelessly to ensure that all counties in NC are touched by this program.
Places of worship that are not in the eligible counties should continue to check back. We may decide to open up this opportunity to places of worship in all counties if not enough applications are received from the eligible counties.
To learn more about STR or to apply, please click on one of the following links: