Research tells us that having a diverse and strong web of contacts around us is good for our mental health and resiliency. What better way to mobilize and build your own support network than to get involved in the Team Challenge as part of Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy?

Steps for Life is a 5-km walk in 27 communities across Canada. New this year, the Team Challenge is open to everyone – corporate groups, relatives or friends. It’s all one big, happy family! A team can be any group of three or more walkers, who join together to participate and raise money for the cause.

All funds raised through Steps for Life help to sustain the programs and services Threads of Life offers for people affected by workplace tragedy. That includes our regional family forums, our volunteer family guides, our quarterly newsletter, and more. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of families.

We know our Steps for Life teams – whether they’re families with a personal connection to workplace tragedy, or corporate groups with a passion for safety – get involved because of their own internal motivations. But as an added incentive, teams are encouraged to compete within their regions and across the country. Threads of Life will recognize the top teams which have raised the most money to support families affected by workplace tragedy.

Successful teams in past years have hosted events like bake sales, dunk tanks and barbecues; and encouraged donations from their co-workers. Once everyone is registered online, it’s easy to track fundraising progress and watch the team’s thermometer go up, up, up!

Then on walk day, you can gather the team together for an outing that will be fun and meaningful – and a little bit of exercise too!

If you’re ready to get involved, just visit the Steps for Life web site, find your community and hit the “Register” button. The web site will walk you through the registration process. No walk close to you? You can still organize a team and do your own thing with our “Your Walk, Your Way” event. (When you choose your community from the drop-down list, scroll to the bottom to choose “Virtual Walk”!)

When you accept the Steps for Life Team Challenge, you not only demonstrate your commitment to health and safety and support those affected by workplace tragedy, you’ll strengthen your own community of support and gain bragging rights for your efforts too.

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Susan Haldane