MDA treats community to first aid instruction

In Israel Magen David Adom is responsible for all first aid training. Now new MDA UK chair Henry Ejdelbaum wants the charity to assume responsibility for first aid instruction within the community.

"Charities are good at taking," he said. "Raising money is what we do best. But for me it's important that we give something back.

"So many people use our communal buildings and so few have any basic first aid knowledge. The MDA courses will change this. It's what we do in Israel and we can do it here, too."

The first course is due to take place at Barnet cross-communal secondary school JCoSS with others booked by the CST and JFS. Costs have been underwritten by an MDA donor.

"Within 12 months, I want every school, shul and youth movement to have taken part," Mr Ejdelbaum added. "It costs them nothing but it might just save a life."

The 56-year-old works in finance, accountancy and property and is a Western Marble Arch Synagogue congregant. He was an active MDA board member for four years before succeeding Stuart Glyn in January.

He stressed that saving lives in Israel - and, where required, around the world - remained MDA's key focus.

Last updated: 5:50pm, March 29 2012