May 6 walk supports those affected by workplace tragedy

Fundraising event at Red Deer Bower Ponds

  • Apr. 25, 2017 2:30 p.m.

The annual five-kilometre walk to support those who have been affected by a workplace tragedy will take place in Red Deer on May 6 at Bower Ponds.

The annual Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy event is also a chance to put a face to workplace tragedy, and improve health and safety.

Betty Evans’ son, Stephen, died from fatal injuries when the front wheel of the vehicle he was driving fell off causing it to roll over on top of him. This year, Betty will serve as spokesperson for the Red Deer Steps for Life walk.

Her son’s death in Australia could have occurred anywhere in the world, including Alberta, and she said she will be attending attend to support and encourage workplace health and safety, and to let surviving family members know they are not alone when facing a workplace tragedy.

The Steps for Life walk is the main fundraiser for Threads of Life, a national charity which supports families affected by workplace tragedy. Thirty walks will take place across Canada this spring.

The Red Deer event registration opens at 9:30 a.m.; and the walk kicks off at approximately 11:00 a.m.

In addition to those personally affected by fatalities, serious injuries and occupational disease, Steps for Life includes local companies that raise pledges and enter teams in order to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.

More information is available at stepsforlife.ca and threadsoflife.ca

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