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The War Amps provides amputees with financial assistance for artificial limbs and information resources that address all aspects of amputation.

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PLAYSAFE™

The PLAYSAFE Program is a unique “kids-to-kids” approach to child safety. The purpose? To make children more aware of the dangers in their play environment. The War Amps believes that no one is better qualified to deliver the PLAYSAFE message than members of the CHAMP Program. Many of them have lost limbs in accidents while at play.

Child amputees warn other children: “Spot the danger before you play! PLAYSAFE!”

To order resources, bookmarks, stickers and videos or to arrange a presentation or Safety Blitz, please contact us.
1 800 267-7487
playsafe@waramps.ca

Every year we see children enrolling in our CHAMP Program due to lawn mower accidents that could have been prevented. These accidents can happen so quickly and lead to life-altering consequences. Rob Larman, Director of PLAYSAFE
  • Parades

    The War Amps participates in parades across the country, reaching thousands of children with the safety message. The award-winning PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE float sports eye-catching displays that warn children of the dangers around them.
    Learn more...

  • Presentations and Displays

    CHAMP Safety Ambassadors help spread the PLAYSAFE message to other kids by giving presentations to schools and community groups.
    Learn more...

  • Teaming Up With the CFL

    For more than 35 years, The War Amps and the Canadian Football League (CFL) have shared a special tradition – the annual public service announcement (PSA) saluting the League’s support of our "kids-to-kids" safety program.
    Learn more...

  • SAFETY WALK

    To avoid danger, children must first learn to recognize it. Taking a SAFETY WALK™ makes young children aware of hazards in their neighbourhoods.
    Learn more...

Parades

Jevan and Cody had lawn mower accidents as young children. Now they tell other kids to "PLAYSAFE!"

Parades

Parades

Jevan and Cody had lawn mower accidents as young children. Now they tell other kids to "PLAYSAFE!"

The War Amps participates in parades across the country, reaching thousands of children with the safety message. The award-winning PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE float sports eye-catching displays that warn children of the dangers around them. CHAMP Safety Ambassadors, who accompany the float, pass along an important message to kids – safety is no accident!

2017 Parade Season

Find out when the PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE parade float is coming to your community!

Monday, May 22 Victoria Day - Victoria, BC
Saturday, May 27 Hyack Festival - New Westminster, BC
Saturday, June 10 Traveller’s Day - Brandon, MB
Sunday, June 18 Oshawa Fiesta - Oshawa, ON
Saturday, July 1 Steveston Salmon Festival - Richmond, BC
Friday, July 7 Calgary Stampede - Calgary, AB
Wednesday, July 19 Westerner Days - Red Deer, AB
Friday, July 21 K-Days - Edmonton, AB
Monday, Aug. 7 Natal Day - Halifax, NS
Tuesday, Aug. 8 Saskatoon Ex - Saskatoon, SK
Saturday, Aug. 12 Peach Festival - Penticton, BC
Friday, Aug. 18 Gold Cup - Charlottetown, PE
Saturday, Aug. 26 Corn & Apple Festival - Morden, MB
Saturday, Sept. 23 Niagara Wine Festival - St. Catharines, ON
Sunday, Oct. 8 * Festival de la Galette de Sarrasin Parade - Louiseville, QC
Monday, Oct. 9 Oktoberfest - Kitchener, ON
Saturday, Nov. 4 * Rivière-du-Loup Santa Claus Parade - Rivière‑du‑Loup, QC
Saturday, Nov. 11 * Parade des Jouets - Québec, QC
Saturday, Nov. 18 * Père Noel de Montréal Parade - Montréal, QC
Saturday, Nov. 18 Winnipeg Santa Claus - Winnipeg, MB
Saturday, Nov. 18 Hamilton Santa Claus - Hamilton, ON
Saturday, Nov. 25 Markham Santa Claus - Markham, ON
Saturday, Nov. 25 Moncton Santa Claus - Moncton, NB
Sunday, Nov. 26 * Sherbrooke Santa Claus - Sherbrooke, QC
Sunday, Dec. 3 Rogers Santa Claus - Vancouver, BC

* Tentative

Presentations and Displays

Presentations and Displays

CHAMP Safety Ambassadors help spread the PLAYSAFE message to other kids by giving presentations to schools and community groups. PLAYSAFE presentations include a safety video, safety activities and discussion of potential dangers children may encounter.

Safety Ambassadors may also be available to host PLAYSAFE displays at safety and family-oriented community events.

Quick facts about PLAYSAFE presentations and displays:

  • Interactive, engaging and educational
  • Available in many communities and free of charge
  • Tailored to suit different age groups
  • Ideal for elementary schools, daycares, day camps, summer camps, community groups, safety days and fall fairs

Safety Blitzes

Co-ordinated in conjunction with local police, Safety Blitzes are a targeted approach to increasing awareness among children of the potential hazards in their communities. With the common goal of child safety, War Amps representatives and local police work together over the course of a few days to deliver the PLAYSAFE message to as many area schools as possible.

Teaming Up With the CFL

For more than 35 years, The War Amps and the Canadian Football League (CFL) have shared a special tradition – the annual CFL PLAYSAFE public service announcement (PSA), saluting the League’s support of our “kids-to-kids” safety program.

The tradition goes back to the days when the late Karl Hilzinger was The War Amps CHAMP Sports Consultant. “Karlo” was a CFL all-star who played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1950s. A car accident left him a double-leg amputee.

He became an inspiration to child amputees and was well-known as the silver-suited skier in The War Amps television messages. The War Amps and the CFL have been working together ever since to spread the PLAYSAFE message. The annual PSA, which features a different team every year, airs during CFL game telecasts, including the Grey Cup.

Darevin and the BC Lions

Losing part of his foot in a lawn mower accident has given Darevin a special interest in spreading The War Amps unique “kids-to-kids” PLAYSAFE message. As National Safety Ambassador for The War Amps, Darevin teams up with the BC Lions in the 2017 CFL PLAYSAFE public service announcement which salutes the League’s support of the PLAYSAFE Program.

Whatever game you play, PLAYSAFE!

SAFETY WALK™

To avoid danger, children must first learn to recognize it. Taking a SAFETY WALK makes young children aware of hazards in their neighbourhoods.

The War Amps encourages adults to lead walks through their communities, pointing out to children the potential dangers along the way. By taking the time to look at familiar surroundings from a child’s point of view, adults can teach children how to recognize danger to avoid accidents and injury.

To get started on your own SAFETY WALK, print off these resources.

Complete SAFETY WALK Kits are available free of charge. Each kit contains stickers, invitations, a list of potential hazards, brochures and work sheets.

PLAYSAFE Videos

Child amputees who have lost limbs in accidents are featured in PLAYSAFE videos and public service announcements. They explain how their accidents happened and demonstrate the artificial limbs they wear to lead active lives.

The award-winning PLAYSAFE videos are hard-hitting, first-person accounts that reinforce the safety message.

One day while Roan was playing on the family farm, he fell off a riding lawn mower. The blades severed his leg above the knee. The War Amps has been there for Roan and his family, providing support through the CHAMP Program. Roan’s parents want to help prevent such accidents from happening to others. Their warning is simple: Children should never be around lawn mowers. Roan has his own message for kids – PLAYSAFE!

Videos, such as PLAYSAFE: Roan's Story, are available to schools and the public upon request.
1 800 267-7487
playsafe@waramps.ca