MADD Canada

MADD Canada

June 05, 2006 17:00 ET

High energy multi-media show makes direct appeal to local students

North Vancouver students get opportunity to see MADD Canada's production 'Truth' thanks to the North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation support Attention: Education Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, B.C.--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - The North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation ordered MADD Canada's road-show 'Truth' for hundreds of students at Carson Graham Secondary School today. This is one of five showings to North Vancouver students made possible by the sponsorship of the local Kiwanis.

Truth is a phenomenal, three-screen, music-thumping, high-energy production that has been seen by 600,000 high school students from Victoria through to St. John's - and all stops between. The message is blaring -- and sobering: alcohol- and drug-impaired driving can result in crashes, tragedies, and ever-lasting mourning and regret.

Bob Rorison, the MADD Greater Vancouver Chapter President is very happy to be able to bring this show into North Vancouver. "With the support of the North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation, students in our community are going to see this production and hear the message about impaired driving. This is very important, for shows like Truth go a long way to educating the next generation of drivers about safe and sober driving habits and about making the right choices."

"We want to reverse the current trends of young drivers being killed and injured as a result of impaired driving crashes. It is wonderful to have the support of the Kiwanis and, together, we hope to make a difference in our community," says Mr. Rorison.

Canadian statistics for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving are alarming: One in every eight deaths and injuries in road crashes is a teenager. Tragically, road crashes are the number one cause of death of youth age 15 to 19 in Canada - and alcohol is involved in 45% of the time. Recent statistics tell us that over two out of every five people who die in crashes involving alcohol are 24 years of age and under.

Truth is a show tailored for young Canadians and the realities they face in our modern world. Carson Graham students were challenged to question their perceptions about drugs, alcohol and driving. Through stories and interviews depicting real-life consequences, the show promotes positive choices and healthy behaviours. The production is hosted by two of Canada's most prominent artists Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace and Chantal Kreviazuk as the narrators.

Truth also factors into MADD Canada's recently launched drug-impaired driving awareness campaign. There exists disturbing trends with high school students and their drug use and driving habits. In a recent Canadian survey (2003) on drug use, 20 % of high school drivers drove within one hour of using cannabis; and, 23% of high schools students reported being a passenger in a vehicle driven by a someone who had been using drugs prior to driving.

Truth tour information is available on-line by visiting MADD Canada's website - www.madd.ca.

For further information, call:
MADD Greater Vancouver Chapter Office (604) 515-9212
Ranjit Khosla, Chair, North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation (604) 980-2038
IN: EDUCATION, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Bob Rorison, MADD Greater Vancouver Chapter
    Primary Phone: 604-515-9212