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9-year-old CHAMPS ambassador commemorates War Amps 100th anniversary

Colton Rumford enjoyed a ride on the War Amps float in the Barrie Santa Claus Parade to pass on the Playsafe/Drivesafe message
Colton Rumford, aged 9, is a CHAMPS ambassador for War Amps from Collingwood. Photo provided
Colton Rumford, 9, of Collingwood, joined The War Amps float in the Barrie Santa Claus Parade to pass on the vital Playsafe/Drivesafe message, but also to commemorate a special milestone for the Association – its 100th anniversary.

The Association was started by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to provide each other with support. Today, The War Amps continues to assist war amputees, and all amputees, including children.

Colton, born a left arm amputee, is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.

Through his role as a Safety Ambassador, he encourages other kids to be aware of the dangers in their play environments. Colton is well qualified to pass on the Playsafe message as he knows what it is like to live without a limb and has met children who have lost limbs in accidents.

In addition to parades, The War Amps is spreading the safety message through a new video, Playsafe: Don’t Let It Happen to You, in which eight young amputees share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and warn other children to spot the danger before they play. It can be viewed free-of-charge online and is a valuable resource for families, educators and community groups.