Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy
Steps for Life is a fun 5km fundraising walk to help support families affected by workplace tragedy. Created in 2004, it raises funds to support Threads of Life, a national Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering workplace injury or occupational disease. The walk also raises awareness about the importance of health and safety within workplaces and to the public.
Steps for Life walks were held in both Regina (pictured left) and Saskatoon (pictured right) on May 7th to kick off North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week. In Regina, approximately 60 walkers registered for the event in Wascana Park with close to $9,000 raised to date. The family spokesperson at the walk was Joanne Fry, whose husband, Robert, a firefighter for over 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer and died 5 short months later. The cancer was attributed to exposures he would have experienced in the line of duty.
The Saskatoon walk was held at the Diefenbaker Centre on the U of S campus. Approximately 120 walkers registered for the event and they have raised almost $18,000 to date. The family spokespersonat the walk was Justin Scott, whose friend, Cody Davis, had been cleaning out the tank of a hydrovac truck when the falling rear door caught and crushed his head, causing fatal injuries.
30 walks were held across the country with almost 5,000 walkers raising over $650,000. It is anticipated that the final tally for dollars raised in 2017 will be much greater as Steps for Life staff continue to gather information from all of the walk communities