Oakville, Ontario – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada will begin the first of its 2008 Strides for Change community walks this weekend. The walkathons raise awareness to the tragedies of impaired driving.

This year, MADD Canada Chapters are hosting at least 25 Strides for Change events from April through October. The first two are being held Saturday, April 19 in Williams Lake, British Columbia and in Renfrew, Ontario. The chapters use the walks to educate the public about impaired driving, provide support to victims in the community, and as a means of fundraising to support the mission of MADD Canada.

“A Strides for Change event raises awareness and gets a whole community involved,” said Margaret Miller, MADD Canada National President. “Our volunteers attempt to keep sober driving top-of-mind through the summer months, when we see far too many impaired driving incidents occur. The Strides for Change walkathon is a local, community-based event that we hope motivates people to help make a difference with their friends and neighbours.”

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is the event sponsor of Strides for Change, with a total pledge of $75,000 over the next three years. For more information, visit www.stridesforchange.ca.

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