9,776,250 steps across Canada
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.”
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.