KIDS WHO LOST LIMBS IN ACCIDENTS SPREAD PLAYSAFE MESSAGE IN WAR AMPS VIDEO
May 14, 2018 – Rebecca Mideros, 13, and Neveah Fehr, 10, lost limbs in accidents and are members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. As the weather warms up, they are warning kids to spot the danger before they play in a new War Amps video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.
At the age of 4, Rebecca was standing up in a dinghy when it hit a big wave. She fell overboard and the motor injured her leg. Neveah was visiting a farm one day and wanted to help by riding on a lawn tractor. She fell off and her right leg got caught in the blades. They are now using their experiences to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to other children – PLAYSAFE!
“Whether you’re near, in or on the water, it’s good to stay alert. Accidents happen when you least expect it,” says Rebecca. “I wouldn’t want someone else to get hurt. It’s very important to PLAYSAFE and be cautious,” explains Neveah.
In the video, they are joined by six other young amputees who share their stories about how they lost their limbs while at play. They stress the importance of staying away from “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment.
This unique kids-to-kids approach to safety awareness is the foundation of the PLAYSAFETM Program. “We believe that no one is better qualified to deliver the safety message than Champs like Rebecca and Neveah, who know what it is like to lose a limb in an accident,” said Rob Larman, Director of The War Amps PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE Program.
PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You is a valuable resource for families, educators and community groups. It can be viewed free-of-charge online at waramps.ca/playsafe.
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Rebecca and Neveah warn kids to spot the danger before they play in a new War Amps video.