May 10, 2018
KIRKLAND LAKE – The 1st Annual Kirkland Lake MADD Stride for Change walk/run event is taking place at Kinross Pond on June 16th from 10:30 to 2:00 PM. This is a non-competitive walk/run and it is to help raise awareness regarding the dangers of impaired driving and to support individuals who have been impacted by impaired driving.
There will also be a BBQ and some fun activities for all ages at the Stride for Change event. Anyone can participate in the event and we encourage community members of all ages to participate.
Stride for Change is MADD Canada’s annual walk/run which takes place in communities across Canada over late spring/early summer.
The annual 5 km walk/run supports chapters and community leaders in their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving and to help victims in their communities.
The campaign is also an opportunity to keep safe and sober driving at the top of people’s minds during the spring and summer months when the rate of impaired-related crashes are traditionally higher.
On average, approximately four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. In 2013, there were a total of 2,430 crash deaths on public roads, involving at least one highway vehicle (e.g. passenger cars, vans, trucks, or motorcycles). Based on testing of fatally-injured drivers, it may be estimated that 1,451 (59.7 per cent) of these deaths involved drivers who had some alcohol and/or drugs in their system.
369 deaths, or 15.2 per cent occurred in crashes involving drivers who were positive for alcohol alone. 683 deaths, or 28.1 per cent, occurred in crashes involving drivers who were positive for drugs alone. 399 deaths, or 16.4 per cent, occurred in crashes involving drivers who were positive for both alcohol and drugs.
It should also be noted that these figures do not include total, or alcohol and/or drug-related, fatalities, occurring in crashes off of a public road. Nor do the figures include crash deaths involving only ATVs, snowmobiles, farm tractors, and other non-highway vehicles.
To participate and obtain your pledge sheet you can contact Ally Marcotte at 705-570-1222 by text or phone. You can also send a message through the Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/MADDKirklandLake or you can search on Facebook for MADD Timmins Chapter- Kirkland Lake Branch. You can also email AJMarcotte11@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information and request a pledge sheet.
To enter you will need to submit the pledge sheet and pledges you raised at the registration on June 16th. You can also simply make a donation yourself and complete a pledge sheet the day of the run. Registration will be open around 10:00-10:30 AM and we will accept registrations throughout the entire event.