Thousands of Kids to Hit the Ground Running for Wildlife
This month and next, kids across Canada will hit the ground running for Kids’ Run for Nature, a series of 1 km, 3 km and 5 km fun runs and fundraising events in support of World Wildlife Fund Canada.
The community event was founded in 2015 by Jasmine de Pencier and Jett Jardeleza-Toole, kids then aged 10 and determined to protect Canada’s nature and wildlife.
Since then, it has grown to include 20 runs from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, and raised nearly $100,000 for WWF-Canada’s conservation programs. To date, 2,500 participants have come out in support of the event, and this year it hopes to engage over 2,000 runners and raise an additional $80,000.
Each run is led by a passionate local volunteer co-ordinator or volunteer co-ordinator family. With the support of WWF-Canada, these local conservation champions encourage kids and families in their communities to join the run, fundraise and take a stand for conservation efforts that are protecting our country’s incredible species – from West Coast orcas to narwhals in the Arctic, monarch butterflies in southern Canada and mighty North Atlantic right whales off the East Coast.
Windsor is holding this Canada-wide event for the first time on Saturday, June 23 at Malden Park Visitors Centre, Windsor, Ont.