On the occasion of the presentation of the stamp to Princess Margriet and the theme of first aid, twelve mail deliverers from The Hague area took a first aid course together today. The course is an initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross. This is much needed according to Netherlands Red Cross director Cees Breederveld: "Only 3.2% of people in the Netherlands have up-to-date knowledge of first aid, too low a figure compared with other countries." Training mail deliverers will increase the chances of a first aider being on hand to help in the event of an emergency. This is vital as people who know how to apply first aid can save lives. Breederveld is calling on other companies with staff in similar positions, such as bus drivers, refuse collectors, teachers and shopkeepers, to follow PostNL's example.
PostNL CEO Harry Koorstra: "We support this initiative of the Red Cross by issuing this special stamp. Together we will explore the possibilities the Red Cross has to offer for our employees."
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About the Netherlands Red Cross
The Red Cross helps victims of disasters and armed conflict. With over 100 million volunteers worldwide, the Red Cross is always nearby, enabling us to act rapidly in emergency situations to help save lives, offer shelter and provide food, clean drinking water and medical supplies. In the Netherlands too, the Red Cross is always on hand to help the most vulnerable. We combat loneliness, relieve carers and give seriously ill children a home. The Red Cross also boosts awareness of first aid so that people know what to do in an emergency. You can find more information on our website www.rodekruis.nl.