Eight-year-old Telysha Warkentin of Blumenort, joined The War Amps float in the Traveller’s Day Parade, in Brandon, 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.

Telysha, born a left arm amputee, is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. Through her role as a Safety Ambassador, she encourages kids to be aware of the dangers in their play environments. Telysha is well qualified to pass on the PLAYSAFE message as she knows what it is like to live without a limb and has met children who have lost limbs in accidents.