MADD honours everyday heroes with walk

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An organization striving to convince people to think twice before driving while impaired took that message to the streets of Paradise Saturday morning.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Avalon held its annual Strides for Change walk in Paradise Saturday morning.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Avalon’s Strides for Change fundraiser started at the Paradise Rotary Youth and Community Centre before proceeding to Octagon Pond. Close to 100 people were on hand for the event.

According to chapter president Wayne Power, the MADD walk had a dual purpose. In addition to raising awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it honoured people who can be considered everyday heroes in the battle to put an end to such behaviour.

Those people include police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, and ordinary citizens who take action, whether it’s by calling 911 to report a suspected impaired driver or serving as a designated driver.

Latching on to that theme, many children at the event were dressed as superheroes. Some in attendance also held white flowers to honour victims of fatal accidents involving impaired drivers.

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Organizations: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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