Manitoba "CHAMP" spreads safety message in War Amps Ambassador Series

    OTTAWA, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Losing his right hand in a machinery
accident when he was three years old has given Wesley Mustard, 8, of Anola,
Manitoba, a special interest in spreading The War Amps PLAYSAFE message.
    He is doing just that in a video titled PLAYSAFE in Manitoba (2 minutes),
the newest addition to The War Amps Ambassador Series. It highlights Wesley's
role as a Safety Ambassador as he rides aboard The War Amps award-winning
PLAYSAFE float and spreads the safety message through presentations. He also
spreads the message in a nationally-aired War Amps public service announcement
with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
    PLAYSAFE in Manitoba has been distributed to regular and community
channels across Manitoba and can also be viewed on The War Amps Web site at
    As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Wesley
receives assistance with the cost of artificial limbs, counselling and attends
the annual Western CHAMP Seminar.
    War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, who produced the Ambassador Series,
created PLAYSAFE in 1978 when it became apparent that many children enrolling
in CHAMP had lost limbs in accidents while at play. Through parades, safety
presentations, videos, public service messages and productions like the
Ambassador Series, CHAMP youngsters act as Safety Ambassadors and encourage
other children to PLAYSAFE! This year marks the 30th anniversary of this
innovative program.
    The War Amps PLAYSAFE float and CHAMP Safety Ambassadors will be
appearing in parades across Manitoba to warn kids that accidents can happen
anywhere. For more information on PLAYSAFE, call toll-free 1 800 250-3030 or

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