ATV Simulator Safety & Awareness

$350,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
"More than 2,800 Canadians were hospitalized after ATV accidents last year."

The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village is a local charity working to save lives of children in partnership with local emergency Fire, Police, EMS & Safety Professionals within the beautiful C.M. Wilson Conservation Area located between Chatham & Blenheim covering 5 acres of land.

The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village provide a large teaching facility that encompasses a “Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me” approach to learning:
 - Local Safety Professionals provide predictable and preventable programs saving lives through interaction
 - Programs are taught thru schools at the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village
 - Meets with Ontario Curriculum
 - Focus on Interactive & Practical Applications (kids practise what they learn i.e. riding bicycles for Bicycle Safety)
 - Regulation streets, sidewalks, miniature buildings replicating businesses found in Chatham-Kent boast support for saving lives 
 - Programs are designed to target children “most at risk” 
 - Programs have been credited for saving lives.

Safety Villages across Canada and the United States are creating programs specific to preventable injuries in their area and the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village currently has the most preventable injury programs as well as becoming the first “Green” Safety Village in the world assisting Japan, Georgia, New York & many others.

 The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village recently worked with The New Mexico Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program to retrieve information to replicate the good work that they are doing with ATV Safety for youth in their communities. I have attached photos of the completed ATV simulator that we were fortunate enough to have manufactured locally.

This will allow the Safety Village to utilize hands-on safety training and an educational component which will be shared with local emergency services and our community safety partners in Chatham-Kent and hopefully throughout the province.


Now that the simulator is complete, we are working on fundraisers to purchase a pick-up truck and a 12 x 8 enclosed trailer with drop back which will be used to transport the simulator to various safety events around Chatham-Kent and the province.  We would have the vehicle and trailer wrapped illustrating sponsorship logos of support.

The 5 year budget of $350,000 to implement, operate & maintain this Safety Program includes the following:
*Awareness Campaign including marketing and print materials
*Procurement of a suitable enclosed trailer and pick-up truck and related insurance premiums to transport the unit
*Certain Travel and Program Costs associated with the program.  It is estimated that the demand will approach 26  events per year locally and across Ontario
*Program costs including lodging, meals, and other travel expenses for the events
*5 year maintenance & upkeep of truck & trailer.

 The ATV simulator is essentially a steel-frame trailer with a hydraulic pump, two control valves, and two hydraulic rams connected to two light-duty trailer hitches via hitch balls. The ATV is bolted to a plate attached to the hitches. It pivots slowly side-to-side and forward/ back as you operate the control valve levers. It works similar to a mechanical bull.  This is the first of its kind in Canada.

 The simulator will be used at public outreach events, where it appeals to younger kids aged 6-12. It gives us a chance to touch briefly on the body-active principles of ATV control as well as inform the kids and parents about Chatham-Kent’s off-highway vehicle laws and regulations. We would encourage the parents to sign their kids up for actual OHV training or by attending one of the hands-on safety classes held nearby, where the students receive 4 hours of safe ATV operation training as well as complete info about Ontario’s laws and rules.

 The ATV simulator should not be considered a replacement for hands-on training, but it can provide a tactile experience the online training cannot. We are anticipating about 5 minutes with each kid on the simulator so it is really just an attraction to accompany the message of safety training availability and awareness that there are rules to follow.

Please donate today to help save a child.  Knowledge is power and through education together we can save lives!

+ Read More

$350,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
No donations yet. Help launch this campaign and become the first donor.
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.