BRANTFORD – Our event is family oriented and the incredible BBQ put on by the Sherwood Restaurant & Catering and live entertainment by Black Mink,Dylan Balicki, Geoff Hackborn and Logan Staats are both great ways to encourage community participation, show our appreciation to thevolunteers and bring fun to the event.
Again, the event will roll out rain or shine on May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from the pavilion at Brant’s Crossing Park (behind the Casino). The BBQ lunch is scheduled at Harmony Square Brantford for volunteers around noon along with live band entertainment.
Roger Chandler of Blue Heron Rafting will again contribute with volunteers pulling debris from the river. This has proven to be a great collaboration over the years.
The City of Brantford Parks and Recreation department have been very accommodating and will assist again by loading and removing debris from the event site. They have assisted each year since we started.
We will begin the event by addressing the volunteers and provide a word on safety. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided by Tim Hortons. Fluorescent tape will be distributed so volunteers may flag areas where needles or broken glass are found and team leaders will be designated to collect these items. Volunteers are not to touch these items. We want to make the event fun, and safety remains a priority.
Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wear proper shoes to prevent sliding. Young children are encouraged to participate and should be accompanied by an adult. This event is also a great way for high-school students to accumulate their community service hours.
We are encouraged to see other local environmental groups and individuals doing their part by organizing community clean-ups and promoting environmental awareness. We would encourage these groups to consider joining forces. It is incredible the impact a large group of people can have, when we come together to promote a good cause. One thing we have learned over the years is there is never a shortage of debris to collect. This in itself conveys the need for an event like this.
We are pleased by the turn-out of committed volunteers each year, rain or shine. We found that running the event in early May has been the best time of the year. We have run the event as early as April and as late as June. April’s weather is usually cold and in June there is considerable under growth which makes for a more difficult clean-up.
We’re hoping for a great turn out for this event. Anyone with questions or interest, please contact me at (519) 751 0494.
Grand River Environmental Group
President Tracey Bucci