WATCH: Mayor Tom Tate on a mission to get all Gold Coasters to learn CPR

By learning CPR you could save someone’s life, and Mayor Tom Tate knows this better than anyone.

His wife, Mayoress Ruth Tate, is alive today thanks to the CPR skills he learnt in a First Aid Accident & Emergency CPR course late last year. “To utilise (the skill) to save someone I have loved for 37 years was a life-changing experience,” he told myGC.

Mr Tate told myGC he is now on a mission to get all Gold Coasters, including school kids, to learn the lifesaving skill. “The message I want to get out is to learn CPR – you never know when you will need to use it.”


Want to know why you should learn CPR? See Mayor Tom Tate talk about his experience, and hear from his CPR trainer in the video below:

First Aid Accident & Emergency (FAAE) director Scott Whimpey, who trained the Mayor in CPR, said many people are unaware of the importance of learning CPR. “This skill can change the outcome of an event with a loved one or a member of the public who has a heart attack or an accident,” he said.

Mr Whimpey said his CPR courses help first responders act appropriately and get results. “I use live and interactive scenarios that show first responders what really happens in a heart attack situation and this gives the first aider an overall understanding of the bigger picture”.

1029 Hot Tomato’s breakfast team have publicly backed the Mayor’s CPR initiative, calling on locals to sign up for a CPR course as soon as possible.

“I think it is a really good investment – you might need to save someone’s life,” Emily Jade told myGC. “I did a CPR course with FAAE 12 months ago, so I can vouch that these guys are amazing in what they do – they are professional and fun.”

Gold Coasters wanting to learn CPR can find out more information and sign up for a course here: