posted on Nov. 20: CPR courses help students help the homeless


Take a CPR certification or re-certification course and you could help the McMaster Student Outreach Clinic (MACSOC) help Hamilton's homeless.

The Heart & Stroke Foundation CPR Basic Life Support certification and re-certification course is being offered Dec. 1, 2 and 8 at the Health Sciences Centre. The fee for certification is $30 and re-certification is $20.

Registration forms are available in the Health Sciences Bookstore. Deadline for registrations is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

A portion of the course fees for those days will go directly to MACSOC to purchase mitts, gloves, hats and food for distribution to the homeless.

MACSOC was founded by two McMaster nursing
students during the winter of 1998-99 to address the homeless situation
in Hamilton.

This program provides warm clothing, food, health care and
counselling to homeless men, women and children in the community. Care
is provided on a volunteer basis by students, faculty, staff and friends of the nursing, medicine, midwifery, OT/PT, nurse practitioner and graduate studies programs.

The initiative now has more than 100 volunteers and has
collected more than 10,000 lbs. of winter clothing for distribution.

For more information, please contact Mary-Melinda Gillies, a level IV nursing student and MACSOC clothing co-ordinator, at or by pager at 905-540-0206.