April 17th, 2010 marks the 20th Annual Canada Life CN Tower climb for WWF – Canada. Since this feat began, climbers have covered 131 million steps, a distance of almost half way around the world. This is a tremendous attribute to their cause of fighting climate change.
What is the WWF?
The World Wildlife Fund – Canada, or WWF-Canada, was started in 1967 by Senator Alan MacNaughton as a member of the WWF global network, to help to bring awareness to the Canadian people of the dangers that are threatening the planet’s natural environment. Since then, more than 150,000 Canadians have become members of this world mission.
As part of their endeavour to promote a green environment, the WWF-Canada established an annual CN Tower stair climb in Toronto where sponsored climbers would challenge the stairs of the tall structure as a fundraiser. Friends and family will fill the streets below as they cheer on the enthusiasts.
Who can participate?
Anyone over the age of 12 (or 42 inches tall if under 12 and accompanied by an adult) can be part of this renowned fundraiser. You must register in advance and have $75 in sponsors before you sign in for the climb. And you’ll have to sign a waiver on the day of the climb to say that you’re healthy and able to participate.
Day of the Climb
All climbers must sign in at the Skywalk Atrium between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, the day of the walk, with proof of their $75 in sponsors. This is a HANDS FREE walk and that means that the climbers CANNOT carry anything in their hands or on their backs – and that includes water bottles, back packs, all electronic musical devices, cell phones, digital cameras AND babies or infants. (this alone can be a defying challenge for many climbers) And all climbers are expected to wear athletic shoes – sandals are not permitted.
There are 144 flights of stairs to climb in the windowless stairwell. Ouch! But there are landings to rest on and medical staff properly spread out to help and encourage the climbers. Once climbers have reached the top they’ll be greeted by hundreds of friendly onlookers who will be cheering them on. Look below and you’ll see the streets filled with shouting and celebrations.
There are many prizes of appreciation. All entrants will receive a lovely WWF t-shirt and the confidence in knowing that they helped to further establish a worthy cause. But there’s more.
-All climbers who register before 7 a.m. will receive a free complimentary voucher for another visit to the CN Tower.
–Invite friends to cheer you on between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and they’ll get in the CN Tower for only $12.00.
-Since the climb is competitive to see who can make it in the least amount of time, there are three excellent prizes to work towards and first prize is a two-day stay at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and a digital camera. There are also fund raising rewards and an opportunity to win a trip to visit the Polar Bears in Manitoba. For complete contest rules, just click here.
The streets will be filled with people shouting and they’ll be decorated in all things “green” to commemorate the cause.
You’ll need to register online ahead of time so go to REGISTER and start filling out your ballot.
Don’t miss the fun and the festival of this great event to help preserve our planet. And if the excitement of watching the climbers gets you hyped, you can always go on bike trail or explore the Bruce Trail and burn off your energy.
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