On September 9, 2011, 14-year-old Jesse Nealey was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Talbot Street in Blenheim, Ontario. The following day Jesse died as a result of injuries sustained from that tragic accident.

Every year in Canada, approximately 115 children die as a result of pedestrian injuries. By combining skill-building safety courses for bicyclists with heightened awareness by motorists, many unfortunate injuries and deaths can be prevented.

The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village offers outstanding safety awareness programs to local schoolchildren. These programs promote farm, fire, electrical and pedestrian-related safety awareness. The Bicycle Safety Program teaches Grade 4 students important hands-on cycling skills. The overall cost for a full day of programs is $75 per student. By enabling more children to enroll in these well-structured and well-presented programs, our collective peace of mind as a community is sure to flourish.

Each October, on the Saturday closest to Jesse Nealey’s birthdate (October 21, 1996), a fundraising walk is held in Chatham-Kent to raise awareness of road-related safety and to honour the memory of a young man who contributed greatly to his community. All proceeds from the walk are donated to the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village in Jesse Nealey’s name. The donations help ensure that local schoolchildren have access to safety programs.

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