Clean up the river for Canada Water Week

An Elk River Alliance project has been selected as one of five to be profiled for his year’s Canada Water Week.

An Elk River Alliance project has been selected as one of five to be profiled for his year’s Canada Water Week.

Small Change Fund has specially selected the Elk River Alliance ‘Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival’ project. Small Change Fund’s partners, CGOV Foundation and RBC Foundation, are matching Canadians’ donations dollar for dollar in order to raise the funds to make this community project happen.

Canada Water Week is an annual celebration coinciding with World Water Day, this year on March 22.  Founded in 2009, Small Change Fund is Canada’s first micro-giving organization with a focus on grassroots environmental projects.

Small Change Fund’s national advisors have specially selected five inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians can get behind and support during Canada Water Week.

“Each project can make an impact with just a little more funding support,” said Clare McDowall, Communications Director
for Small Change Fund.

“One of the chosen projects is the Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival because clean, clear, abundant water is of great importance, not just in Elk River, but all across Canada.”

The Elk River Alliance project needs $3,333 to provide the community with information about where their water comes from, who depends on it and how we can all care for it.  The group also wants to increase water awareness and to provide opportunities for river stewardship during their clean-up celebration around World River Day on September 30.

CGOV Foundation has made the first investment in this project, and, to encourage additional contributions from donors across the country, the RBC Foundation has offered to match any gifts dollar-for-dollar to make sure this project reaches 100% funding.  This foundation support, together with donations from Canadians everywhere, will realize the success of this great community initiative.

As Small Change Fund advisor Guy Greenaway says: “The issue is a critical one, and the citizen engagement a great approach. The event combines traditional clean-up activities with more knowledge-based activities, and edges into the important realm of citizen science.”

To support this BC water project please visit: www.smallchangefund.org/campaigns/cww

 

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