Steps for Life walk goes virtual

Steps For Life

The annual Steps For Life walk, in support of Canadians affected by workplace tragedy, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarnia Chairman Mark Roehler said the primary goal around this year’s month-long event is to promote and raise awareness about what the organization does.

Roehler said typically, the walk serves as the primary fundraiser for a charity called Threads of Life, which supports those who’ve been impacted by workplace tragedy.

“So a lot of times it’s for those that are left behind, so either the kids of the spouse, or sometimes it’s also for the individual, depending on whether they’ve just been injured or whether they’ve been killed on the job.”

Roehler said they’re encouraging residents to sign up for free and use the hashtag “#MyWhyMyWay” throughout the month of May as a way to share what Steps for Life means to them and how they want to help.

“Anyone can participate in any way that they feel comfortable, whether it’s walking in their house, in their backyard, taking the dog for a walk,” said Roehler. “And what we’re hoping is that they’ll take pictures and videos and share it through our Steps for Life facebook page.”

Roehler said the current pandemic adds even more significance to this year’s walk.

“This is a perfect example because COVID-19, as you’re seeing, is actually working into the front-line healthcare workers, and we’re seeing the impact at homes and in workplaces, and that’s essentially what Steps for Life is all about.”

Roehler said those who register before June 1 will be eligible to win a suite box for a Sting game this season, donated by the City of Sarnia.

The event has been held in Sarnia for over a decade.