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50,000 to link hands with parental advice

The Daily Telegraph

Friday 6 April 2001

The Daily Telegraph – Friday 6 April 2001

50,000 to link hands with parental advice

By KATE MURRAY

MORE than 50,000 children are expected to take their parents’ hands today and walk with them to school.

And a last-minute rush of participants is predicted for the inaugural Walk Safely To School Day.

More than 500 schools registered for the first Walk Safely To School Day, and the Pedestrian Council of Australia’s Harold Scruby is delighted with the result.

"Everyone has been amazed at the response we’ve had," he said.

"To get over 500 schools suggests people are very interested in this."

Walk Safely To School Day is designed to teach children under 10 good road safety skills.

Mr Scruby said talking to children about road safety while walking with them was the best way to teach.

"It’s reinforcing road safety ... it’s not just a message, it’s people actually doing it," he said. "It’s not just 30-seconds on TV."

And even if your school didn’t register, it’s not too late to take part.

"You don’t have to register, just grab your child by the hand and take them to school and teach them road safety.

"Our greatest asset is our children,” Mr Scruby said, "and if we can’t bring them up to be adults, there’s something wrong with us."

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