MADD Red Deer chapter hosting candlelight vigil Saturday

This weekend, central Albertans will remember their loved ones who were killed in impaired driving crashes.

MADD Red Deer chapter will host its annual candlelight vigil of hope and remembrance at St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Victims, survivors, family members and friends are invited to attend the event and to bring a picture of their loved one. Attendees will have an opportunity to say a few words and light a candle.

“Impaired driving devastates individuals, families and communities,” said Marilyn Rinas, MADD Red Deer chapter president.

“Our candlelight ceremony of remembrance gives us an opportunity to honour the innocent victims of impaired driving, offer support and understanding to their families and friends, and raise awareness of the tragic toll this crime takes so we can prevent it from happening to others.”

Every year, on average, more than 1,000 Canadians are killed as a result of impaired driving crashes.

“It is a national tragedy that every year thousands of Canadians are directly affected by this crime,” Rinas said.

“It is unacceptable that thousands more family members and friends will have to cope with the loss of a loved one this year, all because someone chose to drive impaired.”

MADD Canada’s mission is to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

Anyone interested in learning more about MADD Canada, and the programs and services available to victims, is asked to call 1-866-461-4077 or visit

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