‘Lend Your Leg’ at WLU brings awareness to danger of leftover landmines

A student narrowly misses a 'landmine' on international landmine awareness day, April 4, 2013 while participating in a Lend Your Leg awareness campaign.

A student narrowly misses a ‘landmine’ on international landmine awareness day, April 4, 2013 while participating in a Lend Your Leg awareness campaign. (Photo by Nick Lachance)

In light of International Day for Mine Awareness, students at Wilfrid Laurier University gathered in the Quad yesterday to bring awareness to the dangers of leftover landmines in countries that used to be plagued by war. The event, which was titled the “Lend Your Leg” campaign, called for the safe removal of the landmines and the better treatment of those who have been injured by landmines.

As a symbolic gesture, those involved in the event — which was about 50 Laurier students and community members — rolled up one of their pant legs. The group of students had Joe van Troost from Mines Action Canada speak about this topic and was by a march from WLU to the University of Waterloo.

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