CPAWS-BC teams up as Wild Salmon for the Scotiabank Half marathon and 5k

  • Published on Jun 12 2012 |
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CPAWS-BC teams up as Wild Salmon for the Scotiabank Half marathon and 5k

 

Vancouver – CPAWS-BC will be participating in Scotiabank’s annual Vancouver Half Marathon and 5k on Sunday June 24, 2012 as an official charity for the event and as participants in the run through CPAWS-BC’s very own  team – CPAWS-BC Wild Champions – a group of wilderness lovers running and walking to raise money in support of CPAWS-BC campaigns around BC.


The Wild Champions are enthusiastically fundraising to support a cause that aims to protect at least half of B.C.’s wilderness forever. Their presence should not go unnoticed, as the team is planning to run as one of the very groups it aims to protect - Salmon. Currently, there are 20 runners on the team with more expected to join.  CPAWS-BC employees, interns, employees and friends have banded together for this great cause and are having a good time doing it.


As CPAWS-BC’s Fundraising and Events Coordinator, Jackie Peat, states, “I never thought that I would learn so much from training and collecting pledges on behalf of CPAWS for the Scotiabank half-marathon and 5km run.  Of course, I have learned a lot about running, perseverance, and sheer will but surprisingly I have learned a ton about wilderness conservation.  Through collecting pledges I have had some amazing discussions about conservation issues with my friends and family.  Everyone has an amazing story, a unique perspective, or an interesting fact about BC's parks and wilderness. It is amazing how participating in this run has provided a forum for discussion for important issues facing wilderness protection in BC.”

Jocelyn Nelson, Marine Intern, is also eager to show her support by participating in the run. “With my participation in the run, I take an active role in supporting a conservation group that I believe in.”

The money raised through this event will help fund CPAWS-BC’s efforts to protect British Columbia’s land and ocean through campaigns like the Glass Sponge Reef, which aims to protect rare and fragile sponges in Hectate Strait and the Southern Strait of Georgia by seeing that they are given World Heritage status and by advocating for a National Marine Protected Area.  CPAWS-BC is actively engaged in campaigns focused on protecting the wilderness, parks, oceans, and wildlife all across British Columbia.

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For more information: Nicola Hill, Executive Director, Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society at 604-685-7445 ext 23
Websites:  CPAWS-BC:  http://cpawsbc.org/
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and 5k: http://canadarunningseries.com/svhm/