Making every step count
Need a little added incentive this summer as you push your way up the North Shore’s gruelling Grouse Grind trail?
Then make all 2,830 steps of the way count by registering for the Grind For Kids fundraising initiative.
The program, which is now in its second year, challenges avid Grinders to collect pledges of $1 or more for every hike they complete between now and September.
Last year participants raised $162,000, all of which went to the BC Children’s Hospital. And with the trail’s re-opening this past weekend, organizers are setting their sights even higher, with hopes of raising a “mountain of money” for sick kids from across the province.
“Our goal is to up participation and up the fundraising,” says Sarah Lusk, Grouse Mountain’s public relations manager. “We’re hoping everyone will register to help this good cause. We hope it helps propel people up the Grind.”
In 2010, participants completed the hike 4,535 times as part of the program. That’s impressive, says Lusk, but the total would be much higher if only a fraction of those who climb the 2.9-kilometre trail signed up.
“There are 100,000 people who do the Grind every year. If we could get all of these people registered for [Grind For Kids] think of how amazing it would be.”
This summer, Grind For Kids organizers are hopeful they can eclipse last year’s donations — but they can’t without your help.
Spread the word by following Grind for Kids on Facebook and Twitter and you could win incentives, including free timer cards, zip line packages, or an annual pass to Grouse Mountain.
For more info or to sign up today visit www.grindforkids.com.