Dear Friend,

As soon as I read this quote from Lewis Carroll I immediately thought of all our thoughtful and compassionate donors.

They do a lot for others by giving to MADD Canada – reaching out to victims and survivors of impaired driving and letting them know they aren’t alone.

As you can imagine this can be a difficult time for victims who’ve lost loved ones to impaired driving and for survivors who’ve seen their dreams vanish in the blink of an eye.

A couple of years ago, I met an impaired driving survivor as he lay motionless in his hospital bed. Colby was an active, hard-working 20-year-old when all the plans and dreams he had for his life came to an abrupt and permanent end.

Walking home from a party the day after Christmas in 2015, Colby was struck from behind by an impaired driver driving a racing quad. He suffered a severe brain injury that left him bedridden, unable to speak or even swallow, and completely dependent on others for his every need.

All the hopes and dreams I had for Colby were destroyed that day. I’ll never attend his wedding or hold his child,” says Colby’s father, Brian. “Now my biggest hope is just to hear my son’s voice again – to hear him call me dad.

Brian was devastated by the crime that took so much from him and his son. He contacted MADD Canada and, thanks to caring supporters we were there with support and understanding to bring some light back into Brian’s life. “That’s when my healing began,” Brian says.

On behalf of Brian and the thousands of victims/survivors I hope I can count on you to make a special holiday gift today. During this season of giving, you can do a lot for others by helping to support crucial programs that help stop impaired driving.

The holidays are a time of joy for families across Canada. But for victims of impaired driving, the season can also be a painful reminder of everything we’ve lost.

That’s why Project Red Ribbon means so much to me. More than an important awareness program, Project Red Ribbon gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to and remember every person who has been injured or killed on Canada’s roads.

Your thoughtful gift this season will help keep Project Red Ribbon going strong along with other vital programs including Campaign 911 and our award-winning School Assembly Program. And, it will help us continue to be there for victims like Brian in their time of need for support, comfort and understanding.

When I went to visit Colby in the hospital, I encouraged Brian to attend MADD Canada’s National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving.

It was an amazing experience,” Brian says. “Before I went to the conference, I couldn’t imagine the impact of so many people coming together and having the freedom to grieve. Everyone at MADD Canada is there to help us during the worst time of our lives. There aren’t enough words to express how thankful I am.

Today, Brian is an active MADD Canada volunteer. He goes into schools and shares Colby’s story with students. “Educating young people not to drink and drive is a big thing for me,” Brian says. “After my presentation there isn’t a dry eye in the room. The kids come up to me and tell me to keep doing what I’m doing.

I hope you will help us be there for the many devastated victims and survivors who will turn to us this holiday season. Your gift will ensure no cry for help goes unanswered.

I can’t think of anything more worth doing than what you’ll do for others with your support today.

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday,

Patricia Hynes-Coates
National President
MADD Canada