Work and Income community liaison officer Julie Hill was there to capture the excitement. "On Thursday night they did hands on learning with St John. It was amazing. They learnt blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing that they practiced on each other, and how to safely handle needles and inject insulin— into an orange, not each other," she says. "As part of that they learnt how to identify the symptoms of someone who is suffering hypo- or hyper-diabetic symptoms and more general first aid that may help them to help someone else. "They did river rescue on Saturday, and again our young people put 100 per cent effort into listening, learning and performance. They learnt about entering a river safely, what parts of a river are safe, what may be lurking under the surface, throw bags, safely getting back on a raft, and how to help others onto a raft from the water."
Nick Chater from Waiariki Institute of Technology Adventure Tourism ran the river rescue component and Julie says YES couldn't happen without the emergency service volunteer personnel who give up their own time to support and mentor these young people.
Rotorua Weekender - 22nd March 2015