MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 31, 2011 11:51 ET

Canadians Take Strides to End Impaired Driving With Annual Walk-A-Thon

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Lace up those running shoes and join MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders as they make Strides for Change this summer. The local groups are hosting their annual 5 km walk to support their efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and to support victims in their communities.

This coming weekend marks the busiest Strides for Change weekend of the season. MADD Chapters and Community Leaders in Yarmouth (NS), Saint John (NB), East Hants (NS), Sudbury (ON), Timiskaming & Area (ON), Annapolis Valley (NS) and Timmins (ON) all host their events on June 4, followed by Barrie (ON) and St. Thomas-Elgin (ON) on June 5th. Congratulations to Durham Region (ON), North Island (BC) and Chatham-Kent (ON) on their successful Strides for Change events held in April and May.

For a full list of Strides for Change events across the country, please visit www.stridesforchange.ca. People who don't live near a walk location can participate as a Virtual Walker or simply by making a donation.

"Strides for Change brings communities together in the fight to stop impaired driving," said MADD Canada's National President Denise Dubyk. "It's a family-oriented day that offers lots of activities and fun, while also providing a meaningful way to contribute to the efforts to stop a violent crime that claims hundreds of lives and causes thousands of injuries every year."

The events include: checkpoint stations, a Kids' Zone, a Health and Safety Fair and a Tribute and Survivor Area which honours all those affected by impaired driving and reminds everyone why it is so important to continue to work towards eliminating this terrible crime. Some locations also feature Hospitality and Pet areas.

Raising awareness about impaired driving is important all year long, but it's especially timely during the summer months when more people are out on the roads, taking trips to the cottage, road trips and vacations.

"We want everyone to be safe, drive sober and call 911 if they see a driver they suspect is impaired," Mrs. Dubyk said.

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.

For more information, visit www.madd.caor www.stridesforchange.ca.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President
    403-970-8733