Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a non-profit, national (Canadian) organization committed to STOPPING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF THIS VIOLENT CRIME.
It has been working toward this for over 30 years, lobbying the Canadian Federal Government to enact stricter laws enforcing ZERO tolerance of drunk driving, developing education awareness programmes in schools and beyond, supporting victims of drunk driving financially and professionally and initiating better testing protocol for law enforcement personnel.
Thus, when I was approached by the COO of MADD to once again be the co-race director for the 2014 Strides For Change 5 kilometre run/walk & 1 kilometre memorial walk, I jumped at the opportunity. To me, it is a privilege to be involved in such a selfless organization that makes a difference daily.
Last year’s event sold out (400 is the maximum allowed on the park route by the City of Mississauga for any special event) and proved to be a huge success. Participants raved about the organization, quality of gift packages, variety of post-event food and drink and the overall positive energy emitted by the numerous volunteers (over 100!).
I have total confidence that this year’s event will be even better on all levels. There will be prizes for the fastest men’s and women’s walker and runner, top three fund raisers and an early bird draw (on May 10!) along with numerous quality door prizes. There will be sponsors such as Barefoot-Science and Team Over The Top set up with demonstration product booths for you to peruse pre and post event.
Do not be disappointed – register early as there are only 400 spots available. To highlight:
- event day is Sunday, June 8, 2014 with a 9:00 a.m. SHARP start time
- event location is JC Saddington Park, 53 Lake St, Mississauga (Port Credit)
- sign-in starts at7:30 a.m. on race day
- pre-register by June 1
- $30.00 pre-June 1 registration fee
- register by calling 1-800-665-6233 or by visiting www.events.runningroom.com
- plenty of parking at the bottom of Mississauga Rd. near the park
- the course winds its way along the beautiful Waterfront Trail on Lake Ontario
This is your opportunity to join Coach Jeff and 100s of others in making a positive difference. As Terry Fox said during his Marathon of Hope, “somewhere the hurting MUST stop!”.
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