It was the day before Lily Fisher’s birthday. While Lily was out for the day, two of her four kids, Jamie and Nicole, wrapped gifts and put them on the table. They bought flowers and cooked a special dinner.
It was going to be a celebration and then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. You see, Lily never made it home. She was killed instantly when her vehicle was hit head-on by an impaired driver.
It’s devastating to think what can happen in the blink of an eye. Someone can make the deadly choice to drive impaired. A family can be ripped apart.
With your support for MADD Canada, you can be there for victims and survivors like Jamie. And, you can help us educate the next generation and prevent them from making their own deadly choices.
Please take the opportunity now to reach out with a special gift. We recently completed our new School Assembly Program, “In the Blink of an Eye”, and you can help bring this life-changing program to more than one million students in grades 7 through 12 this school year.
Your support also helps us offer programs like our Victim/Survivor Support Services. Shortly after the crash, a MADD Canada volunteer called Jamie to tell him about our services and offer support. “She told me I wasn’t alone. MADD Canada was there if I needed someone to talk to,” Jamie recalls. “I spoke to her quite a bit over the next several months.”
And then, Jamie became a MADD Canada volunteer himself. Helping other victims gave him the strength to move beyond his own loss. It prepared him for what was to become one of the most meaningful roles of his life: Jamie became a presenter with our School Assembly Program.
“It’s a very impactful presentation,” says Jamie. “Once I start the film, you can hear a pin drop. Afterward, I see a lot of tear-filled eyes, a lot of emotion on the students’ faces. They come up to me after the presentation and tell me they’re going to stop their friends from impaired driving. They promise never to do it themselves.”
It’s a promise students are keeping. Many of the anti-impaired driving attitudes expressed by students immediately following the presentation exist at similar – or even higher – levels three months later. Thanks to donor support, thousands of kids across Canada are getting and embracing the message.
I can’t stress enough how important that is. Road crashes are the number one cause of death among young people in Canada. And, alcohol and/or drugs play a major role in those deaths.
“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is lethal. Students need to know the facts and what they can do to stay safe,” says Jamie.
Your gift today will help support our School Assembly Program – one of our largest and furthest reaching programs. It will also help us fight for stronger impaired driving legislation and fund crucial awareness programs like Project Red Ribbon and Campaign 911.
And your donation will enable us to reach out to the thousands of victims and survivors like Jamie who turn to us for support and understanding. Together with you, we’ll be there when everything changes in the blink of an eye.