Saint John event raises $11K towards impaired driving awareness and prevention

So y’all know hubby and I took part in MADD Canada’s Saint John Chapter Strides for Change walk-a-thon on June 2. I wanted to give you an update on what you all helped us accomplish!!

The event raised over $11,000!!!

Can you believe that?!?! Ahhhmazing especially when you consider this was just one of 19 events across the country. Of that, hubby and I raised $816 in large part due to all of YOU. Yeahhh!!! Thank you!

The monies raise through Strides for Change go towards MADD Canada’s:

  • Victim Services: printed material on grief and coping with injury, resource guides, “We Care” program, emotional support, annual Candlelight Vigil and Victim’s Weekend (hundreds find comfort in each other and facilitated sessions), court monitoring, court accompaniment and support (we couldn’t have gotten through it without them), victim impact panels (again support was crucial for us), victim services volunteer training, and death notification training (helping police deal with the sensitivities of contacting families).
  • Chapter Events: project red ribbon, campaign 911, R.I.D.E./Sobriety checkpoints, educational assembly show for high schools and elementary schools, and public awareness presentations.
  • Public Policy: MADD Canada works with chapters and community leaders to create, strengthen and enforce impaired driving laws. MADD Canada and local volunteers work tirelessly meeting with government officials to have new Federal and Provincial legislation implemented.

Here are a few pics from the event for your viewing pleasure.

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What types of fundraising events do you enjoy taking part in most? What do you think works best at raising funds and/or awareness? Any tips or tricks if we organize the event in our home town next year? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

On August 1, 2009, 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.

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Comments

  1. SO proud of you and the Mama K team! It was a privilege to support you. Keep walking the walk, Nat. We are with you!

  2. Karen McFarland says:

    Wow Natalie, you and hubby did really well! And what a beautiful day for the walk! The poster of pictures is sobering, but a good reminder. What motivation you both instill! You guys seriously ROCK! Way to go! Woot, woot! :)

    • Thank you so much Karen!! It was a gorgeous day for the walk and yes, the memorial wall was sobering. Every time I would glance at it, my eyes would fill with tears. But knowing we were there with all of your support to help make a difference totally ROCKED!!! Woot woot….have a great weekend and tks again for all your support!!

  3. I love buying gifts that support charities–magazine subscriptions, art, animal sponsorships… Giving and receiving such gifts have extra special meaning, assuming it’s a good cause and not the “save the Big Macs” society. lol Inspiring post!

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