Reminding Drivers that ‘Anyone Can Save a Life’ – New Campaign from St John WA and RSC

St John WA and the Road Safety Commission (RSC) have launched a new campaign reminding drivers that Anyone Can Save a Life, in a powerful first-responders campaign via 303 MullenLowe.

Based on a real-life crash and first aid scenario, it shows the critical first four minutes after a crash and an extraordinary moment in which a young driver saves an unconscious motorist’s life by using just the tips of her fingers, and the knowledge of first aid.

The film’s message ‘Anyone Can Save a Life’ – targeting all drivers but particularly the young – communicates that the unexpected can happen any time a driver gets behind the wheel. It also highlights that both new and experienced drivers can prepare for the unexpected by undertaking St John’s free 15-minute First Aid For Me online learning program, which equips people with knowledge to potentially save lives.


 

303 MullenLowe Perth MD René Migliore said while St John has many stories of life-saving moments, the true story on which the campaign is based stood out for its simplicity and power – which in turn, translated beautifully into the advertising format.

“The true story behind this spot inspired the powerful visual at the centre of the campaign – our first responder to the crash reaching into the car to lift the chin of the unconscious driver, and saving a life. That person was only able to step in because simple training gave them the ability and confidence to do so, and it inspired us to craft a powerfully simple spot that hopefully connects with drivers young and old alike.

“With one simple act, a life is saved. It’s a unique scenario and associated visual that we were then able to apply across the campaign to capture attention on multiple platforms. And unlike other road-safety commercials, the campaign’s focus is less about the behaviour of the driver in the crash, and more about the importance of being a first responder,” he explained.


 

St John WA Group Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown said: “We know about 15 percent of road deaths could be avoided with early first aid intervention, particularly to address blocked airways. While there is no substitute for learning quality CPR through an accredited first aid course, spending 15 minutes learning the basics could mean the difference between life and death.

Thanks to the Road Safety Commission, these skills and knowledge will reach a broader audience through the new Anyone Can Save a Life campaign, which we believe is the first of its type in Australia.”

Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner said the powerful campaign speaks to the importance of post-crash care in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on WA roads: “While we are committed to reducing crashes, the reality is they do happen and this campaign will equip and empower Western Australians to provide life-saving first aid following a crash.”

Head of Brand and Marketing, Smiljka Dimitrijevic said: “Following an increase in driving holidays during COVID, our media and communications team worked closely with Road Safety Commission to create a joint campaign that would improve patient outcomes and survival rates by educating the WA community about the part they can play.

The result of over two years of work is the empowering and goosebump-inducing Anyone Can Save a Life campaign. We hope everyone has a chance to see it and be moved to act.”

Anyone Can Save a Life is now live across BVOD, audio, radio live reads, sponsorship, online, social, and display.


Credits

303MullenLowe

Managing Director – René Migliore
Senior Business Director – Holly Creasey
Business Coordinator – Braydon Gallop
Chief Creative Officer – Damian Royce
Head of Production – Johnathan Julius (JJ)
Art Director – Stephen Hansen
Copywriter – Zosia Kilpatrick
Head of Design – Alby Furfaro
Finished Artist – Suzanne Whoston

St John WA

Head of Brand & Marketing – Smiljka Dimitrijevic
First Aid Marketing Specialist – Kieran Ball
Chief Preventative Officer – Megan O’Donnell
Head of Customer Experience – Tom Hubbard
Head of Corporate Affairs – Peta Rule
Content and Media Lead – James Foggo
Social Media and Content Specialist – Abbey Dunne
Clinical Digital Specialist – Matt Didcoe

Road Safety Commission

Campaigns Officer – Alisia Mumby
Strategic Communications Manager – Joanna Hynes
A/Strategic Communications Manager – Kirsten Brent

Media Planning – Initiative

Investment Partnerships Executive – Daniel Pomponio
Account Director – Tiaan van Jaarsveldt

Production Credits

Production Company: Sandbox Productions
Director: Armand de Saint Salvy
Photography & Retouching: Finlay MacKay
Audio Production: MDS Audio

 

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