Thanks in large part to September's successful fundraising challenge on GlobalGiving, RISC was able to hold its second first aid course for journalists in October. Two dozen freelance reporters came from all over the US and the world - the UK, Spain, Colombia and Finland, among others - for our training here in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center on October 10 - 12.
Students were taught how to slow or stop the bleeding from an open wound using a tourniquet and other means, how to clear air passageways and perform CPR, how to transport a wounded colleague, and were taught the basic skills needed to assess the severity of symptoms. RISC gave each graduate a comprehensive medical kit to take with him or her on assignment. Many have already returned or will be returning soon to dangerous areas including Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Gaza.
RISC is currently developing partnerships with venues in Istanbul and London, and we plan to hold our first overseas training in 2013. Your generous donations were much appreciated by our last group of students. Please continue to spread the word about RISC to your friends and family, and consider making a year-end donation to help us train more journalists in more locations around the world.
Thank you for your continued support, and best wishes for a happy holiday season!
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