Families Wild About Conservation Fundraiser

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 12, 2007

With only two weeks to go, Alberta's families are gearing up to climb the Calgary Tower in support of our province's wild spaces at this year's family orientated Climb & Run for Wilderness.

The annual Earth Day event, now in its 16th year, is put on by the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), the province's oldest wilderness conservation group. Participants collect pledges to climb the Calgary Tower's 802 stairs with many doing it multiple times. Racers add a one kilometer run beforehand.

Despite the arduous sounding tasks, the fundraiser is suitable for family members of all ages and experiences. "If you are 2 to 92 this is the Earth day event for you," says Christyann Olson, executive director for the AWA. "From racing to climbing to endurance challenges, athletes and casual climbers join forces at this event for Alberta wilderness."

Last year, 25 per cent of the climb's survey respondents told the AWA their reason for participating in the event was it being a good activity to do as a family. With musicians, face painters and wildlife mascots, the event is sure to entertain kids and parents alike.

As Calgary's premier Earth Day event, this is a great way for the whole family to get out and support conservation and education work that helps sustain Alberta's wild spaces.

The Climb & Run for Wilderness will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Calgary Tower. The day's schedule of events includes:

8:00 a.m. Run for Wilderness
8:15 a.m. Team Challenge
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Climb for Wilderness
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wild Alberta Expo
2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

More information on the Climb & Run for Wilderness can be found on our website: http://www.climbforwilderness.ca

About The Alberta Wilderness Association

Founded in 1965, the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta dedicated to the completion of a protected areas network and the conservation of wilderness throughout the province. With four decades of success, we are known for our tenacity, corporate memory and integrity. We have a provincial office and resource centre in Calgary, and active members throughout Alberta. A great deal of our work is carried out by volunteers. AWA is a non-profit, federally registered, charitable society.

For more information on the Alberta Wilderness Association visit the AWA website: http://www.albertawilderness.ca


Nigel Douglas
Conservation Specialist
Alberta Wilderness Association
(403) 283-2025
[email protected]