Happy World First Aid Day!

This year, we are encouraging all Kiwis to make sure they are equipped with the skills to become #everydayheroes.

As we all know, accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. An #everydayhero is someone who is trained in First Aid and can step in when needed. 

Knowing what to do in an emergency is often the difference between life and death. The first people on the scene are not doctors or paramedics, they are everyday Kiwis. 

New Zealand Red Cross’ First Aid courses are available across Aotearoa, New Zealand. We pride ourselves on providing the most accessible First Aid courses across the country.  

New Zealand Red Cross reaches more than 75,000 Kiwis every year through its NZQA-approved First Aid training. 

Meet some of our #everydayheroes. 

“It’s the greatest gift to save a life”

Five days before Christmas, Kathleen Morris watched her husband suffer from a cardiac arrest. She spent the next 10 minutes performing life-saving CPR. Her message to everyone is simple: be prepared by taking a First Aid course. 

Read Kath's story

Serving up a lifesaving effort in Waikato

On a scorching January day, Jane Brunton was half way through her interclub doubles match at the Waikato Tennis Centre in Hamilton. As she waited for the next serve from her opponent Gail Vinning, something unexpected happened.

Read Jane's story

“I saved my son’s life thanks to Red Cross”

In the middle of the night, Abdal was faced with a parent’s worst nightmare — finding their child not breathing. Luckily, Abdal knew what to do.

Read Abdal's story

Te Puke mum saves baby's life

A Te Puke mother-of-two who rushed to helped an infant who was struggling to breathe while dining at a Tauranga restaurant did so just a week after completing a Red Cross First Aid course.

Read Sandy's story

Saving a life: From teaching to doing

It felt like any other day in the office for New Zealand Red Cross First Aid Trainer, Alan. That’s until he received an alert – mid-class – that someone was having a real medical emergency just 200 metres away.

Read Alan's story