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Safety a parade priority

Andrew Stasiewski and Arianna Hunsicker. -
Andrew Stasiewski and Arianna Hunsicker.
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Local members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program  joined The War Amps PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE float in last fall’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade.

Surrey’s Andrew Stasiewski, 24, a partial left hand amputee, was a safety falker with the float, while Surrey’s Arianna Hunsicker, 9, a partial left hand amputee, rode the float as a safety ambassador.

“These Champs help us get the PLAYSAFE message out to more than 2.5 million people at parades across Canada each year,” said Rob Larman, director of PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE.

The float is designed to capture the attention of children, with ASTAR, the gold robot from Planet Danger reminding them that he can put his arm back on but they can’t.

To further reinforce the message, the safety walkers and ambassadors shouted out the PLAYSAFE message to kids and the DRIVESAFE message to adults along the parade route.

For more information, visit www.waramps.ca

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