The railway will donate a lifesaving Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to protect the heart health of Calgary area youth every time a competitor jumps a clear round at the Canadian Pacific Grand Prix
CALGARY, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (CP) is proud to once again partner with the world-class equestrian centre Spruce Meadows and launch its new community investment program - CP Has Heart - at the Canadian Pacific Grand Prix on Sunday June 15, 2014.
CP will be onsite at Spruce Meadows with the Heart and Stroke Foundation teaching families how simple it can be to save a life with CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). And every time a competitor jumps a clear round in the Canadian Pacific Grand Prix that afternoon, CP will donate lifesaving AED equipment and training (valued at $10,000) to protect the heart health of young people in the Calgary-area.
"Father's Day is the perfect day to launch CP Has Heart, our railroad's new focus on improving family heart health in communities across North America," said CP CEO Hunter Harrison. "All men, women and children can benefit from understanding the factors that put our hearts at risk, what we can do to improve our heart health, and how simple it is to save a life if the right tools and training are available."
Approximately 40,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital each year in Canada and the use of an AED combined with CPR prior to the arrival of emergency medical services can improve survival rates by 75 per cent - the best chance of saving a life in the event of a cardiac arrest.
CP is working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation at this Spruce Meadows event to help enable faster and better cardiac emergency response in the Calgary area.
"High school gyms are a focal gathering place for families, just like community centres and arenas," said Donna Hastings, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alberta, NWT & Nunavut. "CP's generous gift through CP Has Heart will fund installation of AEDs in public places where young people gather. We are proud to partner with CP to increase the number of AEDs in Calgary and train youth how to use them, to help save lives right here in Calgary and area."
In addition to demonstrations of CPR and AEDs by the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the CP Has Heart tent at Spruce Meadows on Sunday, June 15, there will be kid-friendly activities, including a miniature jumping course and the "Little General", CP's new miniature train, will be on the grounds providing rides to children.
About CP Has Heart
At CP we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why through CP Has Heart, we're committed to improving the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart
About the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through initiatives to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. Heartandstroke.ca
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.
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SOURCE: Canadian Pacific
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