MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 17, 2008 08:20 ET

2008 Strides for Change Season of Walkathons Begins in Canada

MADD Canada raising awareness for impaired driving through summer months with Strides for Change events

Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - The first steps of the 2008 Strides for Change season will be taken this weekend. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) will again have local Chapters in communities across Canada conduct community walks to raise awareness to the tragedies of impaired driving.

This year, MADD Canada Chapters are hosting at least 25 Strides for Change events from April through October. The first events are being held Saturday, April 19th in Williams Lake, B.C. and in Renfrew, Ontario.

Chapters use these walks to educate the public about impaired driving, provide support to victims in the community and as a means of fundraising, with all money raised going to support the mission of MADD Canada.

This year, Strides for Change events are planned in communities from Timmins to Chilliwack, from Sydney to Ottawa. The public is encouraged to find out more about their local events by visiting the website: http://www.stridesforchange.ca.

On the website, you can view the various local events and if you are not in a community where an event will be held, commit to be a 'personal walker' in the fight against impaired driving.

"A Strides for Change event raises awareness and gets a whole community involved," says Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President. "Our volunteers attempt to keep sober driving top-of-mind through the summer months, when we see far too many impaired driving incidents occur."

"The Strides for Change walkathon is a local, community-based event that we hope motivates people to help make a difference with their friends and neighbours," says Mrs. Miller.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited (M-O®) is the Event Sponsor of Strides for Change. The transportation company recently announced that it would sponsor the initiative for the next three years, pledging a total of $75,000. The sponsorship is being made possible through the Graham Munro Charitable Foundation.

Margaret Miller comments, "M-O's involvement and support with this campaign will provide an opportunity to add more local events in the years to come and ensure our message to not drive impaired by alcohol and/or drugs will be delivered to more Canadians, more often."
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Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328