Memorial walk and flag raising to kick off local MADD campaign

By Kathy Gallant
November 10, 2017 - 4:45pm

While Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) holds their Red Ribbon Campaign this time every year, the consequences of impaired driving can impact those affected forever.

To recognize and pay respect to those who have been injured or died from impaired driving, the Meadow Lake MADD chapter is holding two special events early next week. 

The first is ‘A Walk to Remember’, which will commence at 7 p.m. at the north end of Centre St. near the liquor board store, and make its way around the block. The next morning, chapter members will join officials from the City of Meadow Lake to raise the MADD flag at City Hall at 11 a.m.

Chapter president Lucina-Jo Schwab, said the walk went over well last year, and there were participants present in attendance who had lost loved ones.

“It’s for the people who have lost someone to drinking and driving, or people who want to show their support,” she said. “It also shows people that we’re there to support them.”

MADD offers various programs, such as victim services and court monitoring, and runs awareness campaigns at various times through the year.

Donation boxes and ribbons for the Red Ribbon campaign will be available next week as well at a number of local businesses.

According to SGI, 57 people died in the province in 2016 from impaired driving, and in 2015, a total of 587 were injured.

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