Quick Click Challenge At LEX Kicks Off 2015 Seatbelt Campaign
Challenge coach Sergeant Terry Cox cheers on his winning team in the 2014 Quick Click Challenge
We have heard it before “Seatbelts Save Lives” but unbelievably there are still people who don’t buckle up or use the appropriate child car seat or booster seat! Recent statistics indicate that 96% of Ontarians wear their seatbelts. Unfortunately, there are still approximately half a million people who do not. Further, statistics show that you are 36 times more likely to be killed in a collision if you are not wearing your seatbelt. It is a proven fact: Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat or booster seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision. 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s child booster seat law, in addition to the focus on seatbelt safety.
As part of the kick off to our 2015 Seatbelt Campaign we will once again be hosting the Quick Click Challenge during the opening ceremonies of the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015. Teams from local high schools, coached by KLPS members, will be on hand to participate in the relay race, where the object will be to get all of your team members buckled up as quickly as possible. The competition starts at 7:00pm so make sure you get to the ceremonies to see which team is the Quick Click Challenge champion this year.
Officially the 2015 seatbelt campaign will run from September 30th, 2015 to October 9th, 2015. During this time you can expect to see increased officer presence on our local roads in an effort to raise awareness around the benefits of buckling up. So remember to “Click It” or expect a ticket.
Make sure you visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/choose-car-seat.shtml for information on the proper use of child car seats and booster seats
On our first full day of the 2015 Compassion to Action trip, thanks to two of this year’s generous participants, Tom and Sasha Weisz, our group will enjoy a three-course lunch at the Imperial Café in the heart of Vienna. Situated in the Imperial Hotel, the Café is steeped in significance – both from a general historical perspective and in the context of the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal.
The Imperial was Adolf Hilter’s favourite hotel. He stayed there whenever he visited Vienna. He spewed messages of hatred and violence to crowds of thousands of cheering Viennese residents from his personal hotel room balcony. He and other Nazi officials strategized and planned the murder of millions of innocent Jews and other “undesirables” in the Holocaust from his personal room. Hilter loved this hotel and, needless to say, despite partial Jewish ownership prior to 1938, any Jewish people who had not yet been transported to the camps or exterminated, were strictly forbidden on its grounds during the Nazi’s reign.
Years after Hilter’s death and the end of the Holocaust, Simon Wiesenthal decided to throw his 90th birthday party at the hotel. The air rich with classical Yiddish music and tables brimming with Kosher delicacies, friends and supporters from all over the world gathered at the hotel to celebrate the life and work of Simon Wiesenthal and the ideals of truth and justice he spent his entire adult life fighting so hard to protect. Through this party, Simon and his guests showed that any claim Hilter and the Nazi may have once had over the Imperial Hotel had been erased. Perhaps a different form of justice than Simon typically sought (being outside of a courtroom), but the party served as justice nonetheless.
Seventeen years after his famous birthday party, as Compassion to Action participants we will all gather at the Imperial Café to secure our own place in the Imperial’s history and to pay homage to the late, great Simon Wiesenthal.