9,776,250 steps across Canada

The Compass - - OPINION - BY DENISE PIKE

A group of em­ploy­ees from the town of Carbonear are cel­e­brat­ing Recre­ation Month (June) by walk­ing across Canada... or at least tak­ing the same num­ber of steps it would take to walk from St. John’s to Vic­to­ria Bri­tish Columbia. And they’re do­ing so without leav­ing Carbonear.

“ There are 9,776,250 steps to be ex­act,” said Rob But­ton, di­rec­tor of recre­ation and tourism for the Town of Carbonear. “ That’s the num­ber of steps we have to take to get from one part of the coun­try to the other.”

The 14 walk­ers, mostly em­ploy­ees at Carbonear Swim­ming Pool, are rais­ing money for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Health Foun­da­tion.

The Walk Across Canada fundraiser will prob­a­bly take about a month to com­plete.

“We all have pe­dome­ters and that tracks the num­ber of steps we take each day,” ex­plains But­ton.“Each per­son is re­spon­si­ble for get­ting in­di­vid­ual spon­sors and we’re hop­ing to raise a fair amount of money. But it isn’t just about rais­ing money, we’re all try­ing to be­come more phys­i­cally ac­tive and pro­mote a health­ier life­style as well.”

Denise Pike/The Com­pass

SIGN­ING - Sam Slade, mayor of Carbonear, left and Rob But­ton, di­rec­tor of recre­ation and tourism for the town, signs the procla­ma­tion declar­ing Recre­ation month of­fi­cially open at the Track and Field Com­plex in Carbonear, June 1.

WALK-A-THON: A group of em­ploy­ees from the town of Carbonear launched a Walk Across Canada Fundraiser for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion last week. On hand for the June 1 event was front row from left: Heather Ash, El­iz­a­beth Evely and Sa­man­tha This­tle. Back row: Rob But­ton, di­rec­tor of recre­ation and tourism for the Town; Don Coombs, mayor of Har­bour Grace and chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion; Sam Slade, mayor of Carbonear, Nicole Comer­ford and Holly Smith.

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