Morinville “CHAMP celebrates 70 years of War Amps Key Tags at Western Seminar


Above: Avery MacAdam at the 2016 Western Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar. – Submitted Photo

by Morinville News Staff

Three-year-old Morinville resident and War Amps Champ Avery MacAdam has recently returned from The War Amps 2016 Western Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Saskatoon.

Avery, a right leg amputee, and Champ is eligible for financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices.

Avery mainWar Amps say attending seminars help Champs and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting an amputee child.

“This is our third seminar, and we have learned so much,” said Avery’s mother Alison in a news release. “It’s nice to see that Avery has such a big support group who will continue to be there for him as he gets older.”

The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees could not only work for competitive wages but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s many programs. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the program.

The Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities. It has also helped return more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys as each key tag has a confidentially coded number. A finder of lost keys can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag, or deposit them in any mailbox. The keys will be returned to the owner by a bonded courier.

War Amps do not receive government grants; its programs are possible through the public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

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