Places of worship across North Carolina are invited to apply for a free Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR training through a program called Strive to Revive (STR). STR is a three-year partnership between the North Carolina Council of Churches, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the American Red Cross and Representative Becky Carney to reduce the number of preventable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
The program first began in Charlotte in 2010 and is now expanding to all 100 counties in North Carolina. Thirty-four congregations – both large and small, racially diverse, located in rural and metropolitan settings, and representing twelve distinct faith traditions – have received an STR award to date. On August 7, these congregations were recognized for their efforts to protect the health of their members by respected faith and health leaders in our state at the STR Public Launch in Durham.
The Council and our partners would like to invite more places of worship to apply for a free AED and CPR training by Monday, September 17. Please visit the PHW website for more information or to complete an online application.
–Willona Stallings, PHW Program Coordinator