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City and school district to host Earth Week events

Join the City of Campbell River and School District 72 on tonight at the Tidemark Theatre to celebrate Earth Week with Run for One Planet speakers Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait.

The duo ran across Canada and around the perimeter of the United States in one year to inspire environmental action, one step at a time. Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait were the first people to run around the continent of North America. They completed their journey in 2009, covering 11,000 miles with 420 marathons, burning more than three million calories, wearing out 30 pairs of Asics running shoes and raising more than $130,000 for their Legacy Fund for Kids. The international speakers have shared their amazing story with more than 35,000 young leaders to promote positive environmental change.

The evening will also feature the winning film and art piece entries from the Going for Green contest sponsored by School District 72, the City of Campbell River and Comox-Strathcona Waste Management Service.

The entries showcase inspiring student environmental action.

“We received over 100 Going for Green submissions from students and are excited to showcase the strong interest students have expressed in creating a more sustainable community,” says Drew Williams, School District 72’s Ecoschools Coordinator.

“If you want to be inspired, this event is a must. The evening will be a great opportunity to hear from Run for One Planet about their inspiring human-powered journey, and to learn from local students about the fantastic environmental initiatives they are doing in our community,” adds Mayor Charlie Cornfield.

People attending the event will have the opportunity to win great prizes, and local environmental groups will be on hand for the evening to share information on topics such as waste reduction, composting and water conservation. Campbell River’s Bike to Work Week committee will also be on site from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to provide information, register team leaders and distribute team leader packages.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m and Run For One Planet will be presented at 7 p.m. Admission will be by donation, with all proceeds from the event going toward student environmental initiatives.

Tickets will be available on a first come, first seat basis at the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River.

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