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What Does Safety Mean if you are not sure where you will Sleep or if you will Eat Tonight?

When you think about safety, what does that look like?

Safety, by definition, is freedom from risk, danger, injury or loss.

At the thought of safety, many people conjure images of hard hats and harnesses, steel toe boots and survival kits. They think of high-visibility safety vests, and the layers of padding put on before taking part in their favourite sport or recreational activity. These examples of personal protective equipment (PPE), designed to prevent injury, represent only a small fraction of safety in the big picture.

The Saskatchewan Safety Council’s mission is "Working Together to Achieve a Safe Saskatchewan" with a vision for "Creating a safer Saskatchewan to live, work and play."

Rob Weitzel, Client Services Coordinator with the Council feels that ““Live” is the key word in the vision statement. Without a feeling of safety, there’s not much living to be done”, he says. “A safe Saskatchewan is a place free of concern for one’s safety, or at the very least, knowing there is always a place to turn in time of crisis.”

One such crisis may be a situation in the home which would make a teen feel as though their only option is to leave that home. With no place else to turn, that child or teen is far from safe.

To create a safer Saskatchewan for those involved in these situations, the Council is partnering with Joe Roberts (Skid Row CEO) and his Push for Change initiative to raise awareness and donations to prevent youth homelessness. Acting as Community Engagement Partners for the Saskatchewan leg of the campaign, the Council has reached out to several organizations to assist in building awareness and hosting Joe as he pushes his custom-built shopping cart across the country.

Joe will enter Saskatchewan on May 8, 2017.

Having already walked nearly 6,800 kms, Joe has weathered all kinds of temperature and terrain extremes. He has also ingested some 1,500 shots of espresso and 380 bowls of oatmeal.  His “don’t quit” attitude is exemplified by this walk and his determination to not give up on the youth.

Half of the monies raised by Joe’s walk through Saskatchewan will be donated to Street Culture Project, Egadz, and Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, all of which are organizations targeting youth homelessness in our province.

Watch this video about Joe's Push for Change

Find out how you, your organization or group can get involved.

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