Alouettes stars team up with War Amps "CHAMP" to pass on safety message

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Losing part of his right foot in a
lawnmower accident has given six-year-old Sébastien Fortin of Saint-Esprit,
Quebec, a special interest in spreading The War Amps PLAYSAFE message to other
    Recently Sébastien joined Montreal Alouettes stars to film a new War Amps
PLAYSAFE public service announcement called Sébastien and the Alouettes. It
will air nationally during CFL telecasts on RDS and TSN starting Thanksgiving
weekend, and will continue through the playoffs and Grey Cup.
    For more than 25 years, The War Amps and CFL have shared a special
tradition - the annual CFL PLAYSAFE PSA, saluting the League's support of The
War Amps safety program. The new PSA featuring Sébastien can be viewed on The
War Amps Web site at
    Using the Winner's Circle philosophy, The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP)
Program changes the lives of Champs like Sébastien by providing funding for
artificial limbs, counselling, seminars and other programs. It also spreads
the PLAYSAFE message through videos, parade floats, presentations and PSAs
like this one.
    "Sébastien is having fun in the PSA, but at the same time he is also
spreading a hard-hitting message that will reach thousands," said Louis
Bourassa, Director of CHAMP (Quebec), who, like Sébastien, is an amputee due
to a childhood lawnmower accident. "The CFL and the Alouettes, through their
tremendous support of The War Amps and the PLAYSAFE Program, have had an
equally integral role in getting this essential and possibly life-saving
lesson out there," he added.
    Like all War Amps productions, this PSA was funded by corporate
donations. The War Amps receives no government grants. It is funded solely
through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service. For more
information, call 514 398-0759 or use E-ZEE ACCESS: call toll-free
1-800-250-3030, fax toll-free 1-800-219-8988 or visit

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