St. Andrew’s College helped give a boost to the World Wildlife Fund Sunday by hosting a Kids’ Run for Nature.
The campus hosted more than 100 participants who set out on a one-kilometre, three-km or five-km fun run. The purpose is to give kids the chance to get active in nature and raise funds for the conservation of the wildlife they care deeply about.
In the weeks leading up to SAC’s nature run, students were given the opportunity to register to take part. We even had the World Wildlife Fund panda mascot drop by the Middle School to drum up enthusiasm for the fundraiser!
There were 30 Middle School volunteers and some Upper School boys who helped make the day a success. The roles they took on were helping with registration, handing out T-shirts, engaging the youngest runners at the Kids Zone, handing out refreshments, directing traffic, acting as marshals along the course, and handing out ribbons and packages of pollinator species seeds once runners completed the course.
The run takes place in parks across Canada and is a national movement driven by kids and families who are taking action for nature. The Kids’ Run for Nature was launched in 2015 by two 10-year-old environmentalists, Jasmine and Jett, who wanted to take action to protect endangered animals.Last year, Kids’ Run for Nature became a World Wildlife Fund Canada property, expanding to eight runs in Ontario and Alberta.
The St. Andrew’s run is among the 17 taking place across Canada this year.