Update re: London’s 16th annual Strides for Change Virtual 5k Walk/Run/Wheelchair Event
At this year’s event, we raised nearly $10,000 for London and surrounding areas. We cannot thank enough the support of our dedicated Board members, some of whom went above and beyond to make this event a success. Another huge thank you goes out to all our participants who pounded the pavement in their efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. And lastly, we cannot forget our community partners who, through their corporate sponsorship’s, helped make our first virtual event and 16th Annual SFC another great success. Over the past 16 years, we have raised $325,000 which has gone towards educating the public, victim supports, Red Ribbon Campaigns, roadside signage and roadside memorials, as well as, countless events at local schools and community groups.
London’s 16th annual Strides for Change Virtual 5k Walk/Run/Wheelchair Event will be held on July 11th and 12th, 2020.
We have decided to host this year’s memorial walk/run/wheelchair in a virtual form due to current gathering restrictions. Participants can choose either July 11th or July 12th to do their 5k in the location of their choice. Please abide by current social distancing and group size rules when doing so.
We are making this event virtual by having walkers comment a picture of themselves or their group on our Facebook page or our Instagram page. Commenting a picture will also enter walkers into our draw for door prizes. Walkers can also choose to post a picture of themselves or their group on their social media pages and use our hashtag #SFCMADDLondon. We will be making a status on both of the walk days, July 11th and also July 12th, where you can comment with your photo. If you’d rather keep your photo private, you can send it to us via Messenger or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos that are submitted will be made into a large collage and then shared on our social media. If you’d prefer your photo not be included in the collage then just make sure to let us know. Our main goal is to spread awareness and show support to our victims and survivors.
Last year, with the support of our corporate sponsors and event participants, we raised more than $24,000! Even more impressive–over the previous fifteen years our event has raised over $315,000. Donations raised from this event are used to support our mission here in London and surrounding area. Join us to walk, run, wheelchair and remember.
About Strides for Change
Strides for Change is MADD Canada’s annual 5km walk/run/wheelchair event. This event supports our efforts to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving and to help victims/survivors in their communities.
The campaign is also an opportunity to keep safe and sober driving top of mind during the spring and summer months when the rate of alcohol-related crashes are traditionally higher.
The deadline to register and submit your pledges/donations is July 3rd. All those that register will receive their shirt and swag bag during the week of July 6th-10th.
The Reasons for Giving
The funds we raise help the Chapter in so many ways. For example, they allow us to maintain a visible presence in our community to help spread our message through targeted advertising campaigns.
We are able to assist the London Police, as well as other surrounding Police Services, by helping to purchase devices to assist in the fight against impaired driving. Most importantly, it allows us to provide support to local victims of impaired driving, by offering personal support, court accompaniment, assistance in understanding the Ontario court system and by sending victim families to the MADD Canada National Victims’ Weekend and Candlelight Vigil. We are currently working on another garden memorial project in the city that honours all victims and survivors of this preventable tragedy.
Impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs remains one of the leading criminal causes of death in Canada and we are working very hard to change that. We need your help.
For more information on Strides for Change, how you can participate and tips on raising pledges, please visit the National Strides for Change web site.