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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™

  • PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You is a valuable resource for families, educators and community groups.

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 Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, many of whom have lost limbs in accidents while at play. By giving presentations to schools and community groups, hosting displays at safety and community events, riding on board The War Amps PLAYSAFE parade float and appearing in videos and public service announcements, these Safety Ambassadors warn other children to: “Spot the danger before you play! PLAYSAFE!”

Safety is no accident – PLAYSAFE!
  • PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You is a valuable resource for families, educators and community groups.

Presentations and Displays

Contact Us

If you would like to arrange a presentation, display or Safety Blitz, please contact us!

We can also provide free resources, bookmarks, stickers and videos.
playsafe@waramps.ca
1 800 267-7487

CHAMP Safety Ambassadors help spread the PLAYSAFE message to other kids by giving presentations to schools and community groups. PLAYSAFE presentations can be tailored to suit different age groups and include a safety video, interactive safety activities and an engaging discussion of potential dangers children may encounter. 

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

Having Champ Tyler here for our Kids Safety Day was a real gift. His story touched everyone. He has made a difference in the young lives of those he met.Safety Day Event Staff

Contact Us

If you would like to arrange a presentation or Safety Blitz, please contact us!

We can also provide free resources, bookmarks, stickers and videos.
playsafe@waramps.ca
1 800 267-7487

Safety Blitzes

Safety Blitzes

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.

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.

Free SAFETY WALK Kits, which include a list of potential hazards, brochures, stickers and worksheets, can also be mailed, upon request. 
playsafe@waramps.ca
1 800 267-7487

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 featuring “Mean Machines,” such as lawn mowers, farm equipment and trains, 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!

Select a region to find out when the PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE float is coming to your community!


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Parades

British Columbia Parades

Victoria Day Parade (Victoria, BC)

Monday, May 21

Hyack International Parade (New Westminster, BC)

Saturday, May 26

Steveston Salmon Festival - Canada Day Parade (Richmond, BC)

Sunday, July 1

Peach Festival - Peter Brothers Grand Parade (Penticton, BC)

Saturday, August 11

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, December 2

Parades

Western Parades

Calgary Stampede Parade (Calgary, AB)

Friday, July 6

Westerner Days Exposition Parade (Red Deer, AB)

Wednesday, July 18

K-Days Parade (Edmonton, AB)

Friday, July 20

Queen City Ex Parade (Regina, SK)

Tuesday, July 31

Grey Cup Parade (Edmonton, AB)

Saturday, November 24

Parades

Manitoba Parades

Traveller's Day Parade (Brandon, MB)

Saturday, June 9

Corn & Apple Festival Parade (Morden, MB)

Saturday, August 25

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, November 17

Parades

Ontario Parades

Windsor Canada Day Parade (Windsor, ON)

Sunday, July 1

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival - Meridian Grande Parade (St. Catharines, ON)

Saturday, September 29

Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade (Kitchener, ON)

Monday, October 8

Barrie Santa Claus Parade (Barrie, ON)

Saturday, November 17

Markham Santa Claus Parade (Markham, ON)

*Saturday, November 24

* Tentative dates

Parades

Quebec Parades

Défilé du Festival de la Galette de Sarrasin (Louiseville, QC)

Sunday, October 7

Défilé de Noël (Rivière‑du‑Loup, QC)

Saturday, November 3

Santa Claus Parade (Montreal, QC)

Saturday, November 17

Défilé du Père Noël (Sherbrooke, QC)

Sunday, November 25

Parades

Atlantic Parades

Apple Blossom Festival - Grand Street Parade (Kentville, NS)

Saturday, May 26

The Pepsi Natal Day Parade (Halifax, NS)

Monday, August 6

Gold Cup Parade (Charlottetown, PEI)

Friday, August 17

Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade (Moncton, NB)

Saturday, November 24

PLAYSAFE Videos

Our PLAYSAFE videos are a great way to teach kids that safety is no accident! Child amputees who have lost limbs in accidents explain how their accidents happened and demonstrate the artificial limbs they wear to lead active lives.

These videos are available to download. DVD copies are also available free of charge, upon request.
1 800 267-7487
playsafe@waramps.ca

  • PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You

    In this full-length video, eight young amputees share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and warn children to spot the danger before they play.

  • Mean Machines Music Video

    This short video set to a powerful theme song is a great introduction for children to the “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment.

  • Dangers on the Water

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers that can be encountered on and around the water.

  • Trains Are Mean Machines

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers of trains.

  • Dangers on the Farm

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers that can be encountered on the farm.

  • Lawn Mowers Are Mean Machines

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers of lawn mowers.

  • PLAYSAFE: Roan’s Story

    One day while Roan was playing on the family farm, he fell off a riding lawn mower and the blades severed his leg above the knee.

  • PLAYSAFE: Zoe’s Story

    Zoe lost her left leg below the knee after she slipped and fell into the path of a riding lawn mower.

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!