Walk for workplace tragedy

Steps for Life fundraiser marks fifth milestone

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The team members from Fort McMurray Laird are ready to take part in the 2016 Steps for Life Walk and are inviting others to come out and help them support local families affected by workplace tragedy on May 1. Register online today at www.stepsforlife.ca.

The team members from Fort McMurray Laird are ready to take part in the 2016 Steps for Life Walk and are inviting others to come out and help them support local families affected by workplace tragedy on May 1. Register online today at www.stepsforlife.ca.

Threads of Life is hosting their fifth annual Steps for Life 5KM Walk to raise awareness and support for residents and families effected by workplace injuries on May 1.

“For us, it’s a privilege to be involved with this great organization that supports families who have been impacted by workplace tragedy in our community,” said Cheryl Morrison, local chair for Threads of Life. “It has been rewarding knowing we can help make a difference and reinforce our belief in the incredible compassion and generosity of the people of Fort McMurray.”

Threads for Life, known also as The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, is a national registered Canadian charity dedicated to supporting people effected by workplace tragedies, which currently includes 2,200 families across Canada.

This year’s event will be hosted in 31 communities across 10 provinces, with seven community walks taking place in Alberta. Locally, the event will take place on the Birchwood Trails in Thickwood starting at 190 Tamarack Way. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. with speeches at 10:30 a.m. and the walk to follow afterwards.

Statistics show an average of three Canadian families are told the news that a loved one is not returning from work each day.

Morrison explained how the association provides one-on-one peer support to families, as well as hold forums where families meet, learn coping skills and assist each other in their journey of healing.

“A big part of the walk is not only to raise money to support our organization, but to raise awareness in hope of preventing future strategies,” Morrison said.

During the Walk, participants will see Memory Land signs along the route. Each sign describes one family member’s experience with workplace fatality, profound disability, or occupational disease.

“Participants can stop and read the signs to help understand the important and personal reasons why this walk is held,” she explained.

As of press time, $2,083 of the $20,000 goal has been raised.

To pre-register for the event or learn more information, visit www.stepsforlife.ca and search ‘Fort McMurray’.

-Connect Weekly-