Be safe. Be seen. Be a hero this Halloween.

Help the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation?s fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) by purchasing a FrightLite® glow stick.

Toronto, Ontario (October 6, 2004) ? For many parents, Halloween is the scariest night of the year. As their little goblins dash from house to house collecting sweets, it?s not tooth decay that worries guardians most: it?s safety.

In Canada, traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of death and injury for children under the age of 14 years. And recent studies have shown that children, between the ages of five and 14, are up to four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween evening than on any other night of the year. Without question, along with finding a perfect costume, safety is a major consideration on Halloween night. By purchasing and wearing a non-toxic FrightLite® glow stick, trick-or-treaters are more visible to traffic. And no matter the costume, everyone with a FrightLite® is a hero as the money raised from the sale of the safety gadgets supports the work of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF).

?It?s a win-win situation,? says Melanie, whose nine-year-old daughter, Victoria, was diagnosed with CF at a young age. ?When you buy a FrightLite® your money is going to help the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fight cystic fibrosis, and your children are safer – when they?re out trick-or-treating in the dark, the glow sticks make them more visible to cars driving through the neighbourhood.?

FrightLites® can be purchased at CARSTAR Collision Repair Centres and from CCFF volunteers in communities across Canada.

The glow sticks are available in five colours. They retail for $3 each, glow for eight to 12 hours, and are 100 per cent safe for children.

When Victoria, the granddaughter of one of CARSTAR?s franchise owners, was diagnosed with CF, CARSTAR felt compelled to join the fight against CF. President and CEO of CARSTAR, Sam Mercanti, explains that because the repair centres are more like a family than a corporation, helping the cause was instinctive.

?That?s what family does,? he says. ?Families help each other when there?s a need. And the CARSTAR family loves selling FrightLites®. Kids love them because they?re fun. Parents love them because they keep their kids safe, and it?s great knowing that all the proceeds go to help the thousands of young Canadians, like Victoria, who are fighting this devastating disease. Every dollar raised brings the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation one step closer to a cure for cystic fibrosis.?

Cystic fibrosis (CF), which affects the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common fatal, inherited disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. The CCFF is a Canada-wide health charity, with 52 volunteer chapters, that funds CF research and care.


CARSTAR, Canada?s largest network of high-quality collision repair centres, is sponsoring the FrightLites® campaign, and selling the glow sticks at over 100 centres in nine provinces nationwide. For more information visit,

Mac?s Convenience Stores Inc. – Central Canada is a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry and the 4th largest convenience retailer in North America, operating a network of 4,881 stores across Canada and the United States.

Fright lights can be purchased in Tumbler Ridge from Blaine Broderick, at the TR Senior Secondary School from 11:35 am to 12:05 daily (Monday to Friday) or by calling him at 242-2606.