Leader Local Grant helps St Kilda Cycling Club offer first aid

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ST KILDA cyclists are ready for any emergency that comes their way thanks to a Leader Local Grant to provide first aid training to recreational riders.

St Kilda Cycling Club training officer Alison Raaymakers said the $1000 grant was “absolutely money well spent”, with eight members and ride leaders trained to offer first aid.

And members had already put their new skills to the test, springing into action when a rider tumbled off her bike and hit her head.

“It was good to know what to do in a situation like that,” Ms Raaymakers said.

“There are always little incidents when you’re out riding but thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any breaks yet.”

Ms Raaymakers said members had also stopped to help when they came across people in need while out riding.

“The more people with first aid skills, the better it is for the whole community,” she said.

The club has about 1000 members, with up to 20 taking part in rides held every day.

St Kilda Cycling Club was the winner of the Caulfield Glen Eira/Port Phillip Leader’s Leader Local Grants program last year.

The program is back for 2017, celebrating initiatives that help our communities by giving away thousands of dollars to projects across Melbourne.

We want to hear about inspirational ideas that just need some help to get going.

It might be a weed-control project for an environmental group, a defibrillator for a sporting club, solar panels for a men’s shed, or anything else that helps your organisation do what it does.

Readers will get to vote for their favourite idea and the projects with the most votes in each of the 26 communities we cover across Melbourne will receive a $1000 grant. Applications close July 14.

Leader Community News runs the program, with our partners Channel 9, Smooth FM, The Langham and Toyota Community Foundation.

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