800 women learn how to give the 'kiss of life' at event to celebrate National Day

Women learning how to perform CPR during the People's Association Women's Integration Network (WIN) Council Zumba fitness party at ITE College Central on Aug 16, 2015.
Women learning how to perform CPR during the People's Association Women's Integration Network (WIN) Council Zumba fitness party at ITE College Central on Aug 16, 2015. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Rujia Ali Shahul Hameed, 45, learning how to perform CPR at ITE College Central on Aug 16, 2015.
Ms Rujia Ali Shahul Hameed, 45, learning how to perform CPR at ITE College Central on Aug 16, 2015. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu (second from the left) and Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor (second from the right) taking part in the CPR session.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu (second from the left) and Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor (second from the right) taking part in the CPR session.PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
(Front row, from left) Ms Grace Fu, Dr Amy Khor and Ms Ellen Lee dancing Zumba to a specially choreographed version of the National Day song "Stand Up for Singapore".
(Front row, from left) Ms Grace Fu, Dr Amy Khor and Ms Ellen Lee dancing Zumba to a specially choreographed version of the National Day song "Stand Up for Singapore". PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Some 800 women celebrated National Day with a lesson in saving lives through Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Sunday morning.

They followed this up with a mass Zumba dance party at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio, where they followed the lead of People's Association (PA) trainers and danced to songs including "Stand Up for Singapore".

The event was put together by various PA groups to encourage women to lead an active lifestyle and forge bonds with each other.

Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, and Sembawang GRC MP Ellen Lee also attended the event and joined the women in setting a national record for the largest SG50 logo.

The 3m by 3m logo was made with 1,000 lip prints contributed by women as symbols of their love and well-wishes for Singapore.

Speaking to the participants, Dr Khor said the lip prints also represent the "kiss of life" that is CPR.

"As many women are often the main caregivers at home, it is useful for women to be trained in CPR in case of emergencies at home. For those of us active in sports, we can also help fellow sports enthusiasts when the need arises," said Dr Khor, who is adviser to the PA's Women's Integration Network Council.

"We also hope that you can take the initiative to get your family members to stay healthy together."

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