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Wednesday January 4th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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The Brain Injury Association of Windsor/Essex County has joined forces with Canadian Tire in Amherstburg, Green Shield Canada and the All Saints Church Skate lending program to expand the already very successful Helmets on Kids Program.

“We have been supplying bicycle helmets for kids in need in Windsor and Essex County since 2009, and our Association decided that we aren’t going to stop there. The fact is helmets reduce head injuries by over 80%. We are being proactive here with our prevention messaging and expanding our program to include other types of helmets”, explains Melanie Gardin, President of the BIAWE.

The BIAWE has purchased 53 new hockey helmets that will be used to protect the heads of children who are ice skating this winter. Hockey helmets are the recommended helmet for ice skating and sledding. A majority of these helmets will be used by kids skating at Charles Clarke Square this winter. The All Saints Church has been organizing a skate lending program at Charles Clarke Square in Downtown Windsor for many years.

“It isn’t difficult to get skates donated for the program, but helmets and volunteers are always needed. When the Brain Injury Associations Executive Director Laura Kay called us to inform us of the intent to supply the helmets, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. This is a great partnership!” says Art Roth Skate Program Coordinator.

Charles Clarke Square should be open until March – weather permitting and is open daily from 3pm to 10pm and on the weekends from 8am  to 10pm.   Skates can also be borrowed from the skate lending program at All Saints Anglican Church located at City Hall Square, on Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon in January and February.

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