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Safe Kids Week 2017
Recruiting ‘Everyday Superheroes’ to help champion road safety
Thank you to all of the Wellington County Library branches who helped make Safe Kids Week 2017 a success! Your displays and amazing programming truly raised awareness about injury prevention and how important it is for our kids to be safe.
Safe Communities Wellington County, Wellington County Libraries and Parachute are encouraging Canadians to promote safe and active transportation this spring
Visit your local Wellington County Library Branch to learn more about Active Transportation through displays and PD Day programs on June 9, 2017 during Safe Kids Week. Print off your Safe Kids Week Quiz and Road Test from http://wellington.safecommunities.parachutecanada.org/documents/
Parachute has many resources available for parents, community organizations, and others who may be interested. You can find them at www.parachutecanada.org/safekidsweek.
Wellington County, May 30, 2017- Parachute Safe Kids Week is being held in communities across Canada from June 5-11, 2017. Now in its 21st year, Safe Kids Week is an annual public awareness campaign that aims to raise awareness about preventable injuries in children. The focus this year is active transportation safety: Walk, Bike, Wheel, which includes walking, cycling, skateboarding, scootering, and other wheeled activities.
Each year, approximately 4,700 children are injured due to non-motorized wheeled activities, and another 2,400 children are injured as pedestrians. Safe Communities Wellington County are encouraging Canadians to become aware of the importance of active transportation safety in order to prevent injuries and save kids lives.
This year’s theme is everyday superhero, which encourages children to become leaders in road safety by learning how to stay active and keep themselves and their loved ones safe on their travels to and from school, to the bus stop, and around their neighbourhood. We want everyone to support Safe Kids Week on social media by using the hashtag #everydaysuperhero.
“We encourage kids to lead active and healthy lives, whether they are walking to school, or riding their bike or scooter to a friend’s house,” says Pamela Fuselli, Parachute Interim CEO. “Wheeled activities are a wonderful way for children to explore and learn. We also want to encourage them to stay safe by wearing the proper gear and understanding how to safely navigate their neighbourhoods.”
For more than two decades, Safe Kids Week has built awareness and has educated Canadian families on how to keep their kids safe and active while having fun.
Parachute is a national charity helping Canadians stop the clock on preventable injuries. The injury impact is staggering. Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of children. They cost the Canadian economy $27B a year, and worst of all, one child dies every nine hours. Through education, knowledge and empowerment, Parachute is working to save lives and create an injury-free Canada. For information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.
About Safe Communities Wellington County
The vision of Safe Communities Wellington County as part of Parachute is “To make Wellington County, the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and play in Canada.”
A safe community is one that promotes safe and healthy behaviours and protects people from hurt and harm. The Safe Communities Wellington Committee, with representatives from local municipal councils, emergency services, public health, hospitals, school boards and other stakeholders with an interest in making Wellington County a safe place to live, made it their goal to have Wellington County designated a Safe Community by 2013.
Updated July 31, 2017