Did you know that on average, every month, six people die from drowning? Six people every month!!
According to Statistics Canada, drowning was the leading cause of death for recreational and sporting activities in the early 2000s. According to the Lifesaving Society, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60, and about 63% of these fatalities are male.
With these facts in mind, does it not make sense to put on a life jacket or vest before taking part in water sports? Does it not also make sense that you should refrain from drinking alcohol while out on the water?
With careful planning you can avoid injury or death. Don’t your loved ones deserve that? Keep in mind that nobody expects to drown today. You probably do not expect to drown today and yet six people are more than likely to drown this month. And every other month of the year.
You can watch this short Youtube video for Global TV’s take on water safety, boating and drowning.
We want to find out from you, our readers and followers, what it would take to change peoples’ attitudes around the issue of water safety. And to encourage you to take part in this conversation, we have created a contest, with the very generous support of the Community at www.preventable.ca.
And it is so simple to enter our contest! Comment on this blog post and answer any or all of the following questions:
- What it will take to shift peoples’ attitudes towards water safety?
- What will it take to make the shift from it being acceptable to take a case of beer and coolers on the boat with you to the point where people understand that drinking and boating is equally as dangerous as drinking and driving an automobile?
- What will it take to make the shift so that people just know to slip on a life vest or some PFD (personal floatation device) while out on a boat?
- What will it take to make that shift in peoples’ thinking and attitudes?
If you are interested in winning a gift certificate to Canadian Tire worth $100 to be used towards the purchase of water safety equipment, including floatation vests, etc add your comment to this blog post. Remember, you’re probably not expecting to drown today.
A winner will be randomly selected from all contest entrants.
And the legal stuff about our first contest:
No purchase necessary. The contest begins on August 7, 2010 at 12:00:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and ends on August 31, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (the “Contest Period”). To enter the contest, go to www.StaceyRobinsmith.com and create a comment under the contest blog post titled “Making the Shift in Thinking about Water Safety”. To be valid, the comment must pertain to the specific instruction or request from the blog post. All decisions surrounding the validity of the contest entry are solely the decision of the contest judges. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. There is a limit to one blog comment entry per day. One additional entry may be earned by tweeting about the contest and linking the tweet to preventable.ca
To be eligible for this Contest, an individual must: (i) be a legal resident of British Columbia and (ii) have reached nineteen years of age at the time of entry. Employees, representatives and agents of Stacey Robinsmith dot com (the “Sponsor”), the Sponsor’s parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, its advertising or promotional agencies and any entity involved in the production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Contest and members of the immediate family or household of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. In these Rules, “immediate family” means husband or wife, mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.
2. HOW TO ENTER
The Contest begins at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) on August 8 and closes at 11:59 PM PT on August 31, 2010 (the “Entry Period”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. To enter the contest, go to the URL http://www.StaceyRobinsmith.com and post a comment under the contest blog post titled “Making the Shift in Thinking about Water Safety”. To be valid, the comment must pertain to the specific instruction or request from the blog post. There is a limit to one blog comment entry per day. One additional entry may be earned by tweeting about the contest on Twitter.com and linking the tweet to the preventable.ca URL of the specific contest. The tweet must be copied and pasted into Twitter as outlined in our post titled “The Skinny on Entering Contests on Stacey Robinsmith dot com”. To enter, the entrant must enter a valid email address. All decisions surrounding the validity of the contest entry are solely the decision of the contest judges. The judges decisions are final and binding.
The entry must include a Name, Email Address, and Comment.
Limit of one entry per email per day during the Entry Period. Multiple entries will be disqualified. All entries must be submitted no later than the end of the Entry Period. All entries become the property of Stacey Robinsmith dot com and none will be returned. Illegible, incomplete, late, or garbled entries will be disqualified. No entries will be accepted by any other means, including but not limited to email.
3. WINNER SELECTIONS
PRIZES: On or about September 2nd, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia at 12:00 pm a random draw will be conducted, by a representative of Stacey Robinsmith dot com to select one (1) entry for the prize. All entries received throughout the entry period will be included in the draw. Odds of being selected for a grand prize are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.
There will be one (1) prize package, available to be won, consisting of
One gift certificate to Canadian Tire worth $100 Canadian in value. The gift certificate is to be used towards the purchase of water safety equipment, including floatation vests, etc.
a. The approximate value of the prize is $100. Exact details of the prizes to be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion and final prize details will be posted at www.staceyrobinsmith.com after August 7, 2010. b. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. Delivery of Prizes will be coordinated with the winner after the winner has been successfully contacted, complied with all contest rules and requirements and been declared a winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equivalent value if a prize listed above is unavailable for any reason.
5. CONDITIONS OF WINNING
a. Before being declared a winner of any prize in this contest, each selected entrant will be required to answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question, and to comply with all the Contest Rules. The prizes are not transferable or convertible to cash and must be accepted as awarded.
b. Selected entrants (Winners of the random draw) will be notified by email and must respond within forty-eight hours of notification. Upon notification, each selected entrant must respond by telephone to the contact number provided in the notification and the selected entrant’s response must be received by Sponsors within forty-eight hours of such notification. If a selected entrant does not respond in accordance with the Contest Rules or the selected entrant is unwilling or unable to comply with the Contest Rules, he/she will be disqualified and will not receive a prize and another entrant will be selected for that prize. Sponsors are not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of selected entrant to receive notification or for Sponsors to receive selected entrant’s response.
c. Before being declared a winner, each selected entrant will be required to sign a Declaration and Release form confirming compliance with the Contest Rules and acceptance of the prize as offered and (i) releasing the Sponsor and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents and sponsors from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in this Contest or participating in any prize-related activity or the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize, including without limitation costs injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising there from and (ii) granting Sponsor and its representatives and agents the unrestricted rights, in their collective or individual discretion, to publish without any further compensation the name, picture, portrait, likeness, voice and ideas of that entrant for advertising and promotional purposes. The Declaration and Release must be returned within five business days of the notification date indicated on the documents or the selected entrant will be disqualified and the prize forfeited.
6. INDEMNIFICATION BY PARTICIPANTS
By entering the Contest, Entrant: (a) releases and holds harmless Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, sponsors and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to persons, including death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, participation in this Contest, or participating in any prize-related activity; and (b) agrees to fully indemnify Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, sponsors and agents from any and all claims by third parties without limitation
By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules, which will be posted at the Contest Website www.staceyrobinsmith.com/MakingtheShiftinThinkingaboutWaterSafety throughout the Contest. Entrants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be: (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest (b) violating the Contest Rules; (c) acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete Entries, notifications, responses, replies, or any agreement and release documents or for any computer, online, telephone, hardware, software or technical malfunctions that may occur (including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of an Entry). Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of Entries in the Contest. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any injury or damage to Entrants or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
By entering the contest, each entrant agrees to (a) the Sponsors’ use of entrant’s personal information for the purposes of administering this Contest.
These are the official Contest Rules. This Contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. These Contest Rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over the Sponsors.
Sponsor reserves the right to amend or terminate all or any portion of this Contest at any time for any reason without prior notice.