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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Spot the dangers

Hartsville’s Mark Arendz displays the six medals he won at the Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month.  ©THE GUARDIAN
Hartsville’s Mark Arendz displays the six medals he won at the Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month. ©THE GUARDIAN - Contributed

Members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program are warning kids to spot the danger before they play in a new video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You. They share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and stress the importance of staying away from “mean machines” like lawn mowers, boats, cars and farm equipment.

I am a graduate of the CHAMP Program and, like these young Safety Ambassadors, I know from experience that a few seconds of fun in the wrong place can change your life forever. I lost my arm in a grain auger accident when I was seven years old.

As the weather warms up and kids spend more time outside, I encourage parents, teachers and community group leaders to help the Champs pass on the PLAYSAFE message. Please take some time to view or download the video free-of-charge online at waramps.ca/playsafe.

Mark Arendz,

Hartsville

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