In the year 2012 there were 977 workplace related fatalities across the country, according to the association of Workers’ Compensation Boards in Canada, and this number only covers those who were able to receive compensation benefits. Workplace injury is a growing problem throughout North America but it is preventable. For this reason, Threads for Life is hosting Sarnia’s 5th annual Steps for Life 5k walk on Saturday May 2.
Steps for Life is an annual fundraising walk to raise awareness about injury prevention and to help families who have been affected by workplace tragedy. The first Steps for Life walk took place in 2004 (11 years ago) in Toronto. The walk raised $12,000 and there were about 200 participants.
This year’s walk is to take place in Canatara Park with registration at 10:00 on Saturday morning and the walk itself beginning at 10:30. The cost is $15 per person which will include refreshments and door prizes.
The walk is always looking for sponsorships from local businesses. It is a great way for a company to lead as a champion in workplace prevention, complement the company’s health and safety program, help raise awareness, raise funds, and of course reach the 125 people who are expected to attend the event.
“Sponsorship and door prizes are needed right up until the last day,” said Charlie Baxter, a member of the walks planning committee
Several sponsors have already signed up including Bruce Power, Carpenter’s Local 1256, LEHDER, the County of Lambton and TD Canada Trust.
Plenty of excellent door prizes are available at the event. Some include the use of the suite for a Sting game, blankets, mugs, Brigden Feed Mill gift Certificate, Harmony Spa Gift Certificate, a Heidi Independent Grocer Basket and a Starbucks Basket. Tickets for the door prizes are given to everyone who register for the walk as well as those who make a donation.
Refreshments on the day of the walk will include pizza, cookies, cake, water, coffee, pop and more.
“There will even be registered massage therapists doing massages on the day of the walk,” said Mark Rohler, another committee member.
In order to register online for the walk, participants must go to the Steps for Life Website. The fundraising goal is $12,000 for the 125 walkers. So far the team has raised $3,546 and has approximately 45 walkers registered. Online registration closes on April 29. Registration is also available on the day of the event.
The walk will also feature several special guests including their spokesperson Jim Stanford who will be relaying the story of his son Jimmy who died from severe injuries sustained from a fall as an elevator mechanic about 10 years ago. Mayor Mike Bradley will be attending the event as will MPP Bob Bailey and Warden Bev MacDougall.