By: Shane Gibson
Metro/Submitted Roughly 500 business and community members are expected to take part in the Downtown BIZ’s annual Earth Day Clean-up on Friday.
Downtown BIZ expects roughly 500 business and community members to hit the streets Friday with the Metro Enviro-Team for their annual Earth Day Clean-up in honour of National Earth Day.
“Every spring we try to engage the corporate community and community members to come out and clean up the downtown,” explained Jason Syvixay from Downtown BIZ, adding the event is about more than just picking up litter. “It’s great to connect the Metro Enviro-Team with community members so they can see how valuable it is to have a downtown that is spotless, clean and inviting.”
Two downtown locations—the area around Thunderbird House at 715 Main Street and the Japanese Gardens—are slated for a good scrubbing on Friday, and Syvixay says volunteers are more than welcome to join in the day of cleaning and greening.
“Last year we had 250 come out and this year we want 500,” he said. “We’re talking to university students, high school students and students from the Aboriginal Centre as well.
“We want to see as many people as possible taking part.”
Volunteers will receive free coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons, an apron, cleaning supplies and lunch provided by Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub.
To help entice cleaners, volunteers will also have the chance to win one of three bikes or a Tim Hortons gift card The first 100 participants at each location get a free Tim Hortons travel mug.
“It’s all leading up Earth Day which is taking place on Saturday, but we want to engage the business community so that’s why we’re doing it on Friday,” said Syvixay.