I will Stride for Change ~ won’t you join me?

Thousands of Canadians are joining the fight to end impaired driving by participating in MADD Canada’s annual Strides for Change walk-a-thon. Events are held in communities across Canada from late spring through early summer.

The 5 km walk supports MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders in their efforts to educate and create awareness about the dangers of impaired driving as well as help victims in their community.

Hubby and I are super pumped to be taking part in the MADD Saint John event on June 2. I am sure you saw my post last week where I spoke at length about how MADD Canada and the MADD Saint John Chapter has been instrumental in supporting and helping my family heal through our devastating experience with impaired driving. Not to mention the tireless efforts MADD Canada makes towards advocating for tougher and more effective impaired driving policies and laws to ensure that our communities are safer.

It is both our honor and privilege to do whatever we can to bring awareness and to give back to an organization that does so much!

Now, the uberliciously cool thing; there are a bunch of ways YOU can take part as well; no matter where you live.

  1. First, if you live nearby and want to join hubby and I, just visit the website, sign up for the Saint John event, let us know, start gathering pledges, and on June 2, we’ll Stride for Change together!
  2. Second, if you live in Canada, check out the Strides for Change Calendar to find an event near you and sign-up.
  3. Third, if you aren’t in Canada or near a site, never fear. You can be a virtual walker by making a donation and then heading off and doing your own 5 km walk anytime, anyplace. How uber fabulous is that?!?! Be sure to let me know if you do so I can cheer you on!

If you want to support MADD Canada and Strides for Change by offering a pledge towards mine and hubby’s walk, that would rock (please do not feel obligated in any way). Here are the many ways we can make this happen:

  1. If you are located in either Fredericton or Saint John, NB, fire me an email (natalie at nataliehartford dot com) and I’ll make arrangements to pick up your pledge.
  2. You can send us a pledge via an email money transfer (if your bank supports that option) to natalie at nataliehartford dot com.
  3. Email me your intentions and follow-up with a cheque via snail mail (yip, there’s still such a thing): 65 Stirling Drive, Killarney Road, NB, E3A 9E9, Canada.
  4. Make an online donation via MADD Canada’s secure website here and put Hartford in the “I want to make a donation in support of the following Strides for Change participant” box. Be sure to send me an email and let me know you’ve made a donation because MADD Canada won’t be able to tell me donation amounts submitted this way until after the walk.

And if a financial pledge isn’t your thing, that is totally cool. You can join in the fun by visiting my comments section below and leaving us a great “Hoorah” note so we know that you are Striding for Change with us in spirit! We can always use lots of that!

What walk-a-thons have you taken part in? How does participating make you feel? Do you think they are effective at raising funds and awareness?

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Comments

  1. prudencemacleod says:

    Awesome. I’m definitely cheering you on!

  2. I love your idea that those of us in the states could walk our own 5K in support. Can I ride my exercise bike for 5k? :)

  3. You go! Cheering you on. I want to kickbox my way. :)

  4. This is too fabulous! I’ll be doing my 5k here in Los Angeles this weekend in your family’s honor. Hubs and dog will probably join me. ;) Thanks for being a voice for this important cause, Natalie. You inspire us on so many levels!

    • Yeahhhhh August! Luv it and thanks sooo much! It means the world to us to think that this weekend, your family was out walking in honor of ours…warms the hearts! MUAH!

  5. Totally cool! I love your idea that we can do the walk as well even if we aren’t in Canada.

    Do you have Paypal? I could send you the donation through that and it would be faster than snail mail (since we KNOW that can take forever!).

    If not, I’ll go to the MADD Canada site and make sure they know it’s for you and Hubby. You two are awesome! Happy walking. ;)

  6. So great that you and hubby are doing this! I’ve donated and emailed. Good luck and I’ll be shaking my pom-poms for you and hubby!

  7. Good for you! I don’t see a walk scheduled for Toronto so will check with MADD. I’m off to donate and will be cheering for the two of you and all the rest of the walkers showing their support for this important cause.

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