Learn how to prevent child abduction

SHAKU Family Martial Arts in Ladysmith is presenting a free child abduction prevention seminar Dec. 17 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

It is perhaps every parent’s worst fear — the attempted abduction of their child.

Though we rationally understand that crimes of violence (like child abduction) are far more likely to be committed by someone known to the victim, as opposed to a complete stranger, it is sometimes surprising how children define and perceive “a stranger” or “someone who is trustworthy.”

For the past 20 years, Cathal Walsh has conducted the SHAKU Eight Tips to Street Safety for Children program to thousands of elementary school-aged children. The program has also been adopted in schools and martial arts academies across Canada.

Walsh will be conducting a free Child Abduction Prevention Seminar this Saturday (Dec. 17) from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at SHAKU Family Martial Arts at 25 High St. in Ladysmith.

There are a lot of “safety tips” out there and also a lot of misleading stereotypes portrayed in television programming. This workshop is for children and their parents and will serve to help dispel myths and empower children to make safe choices.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Parent attendance with their child is required. Participants must pre-register, and forms are available at SHAKU Family Martial Arts.

For more, contact 250-710-4487 or Ladysmith@SHAKU.ca.

— Submitted by SHAKU Family Martial Arts