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Beach cleanup on tap at Goose Spit Park

Teens and young adults are joining forces tomorrow to clean up Goose Spit Spark.

The Youth 20/20 Can Project clean up is happening from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on July 8th.

The Wachiay Friendship Centre is spearheading the event for volunteers between the ages of 15 and 29. 

Youth program coordinator, Alivia Veenstra, is helping to organize the cleanup

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She said Youth 20/20 Can runs across six different communities on Vancouver Island and Powell River.

Veenstra added that the beach cleanups are being held across the region.

“So we’ve coordinated this one-day event where everyone’s choosing a beach in their own town and going to do a little cleanup and enjoy the sun, and get outside and be able to be together while physical distancing,” she added.

She added that they chose Goose Spit because it’s the closest beach to public transit “so we wanted to include everybody.”

The youth engagement workers from each volunteer centre will be there to help, encourage and support the youth volunteers, while maintaining physical distancing protocols. 

Youth 20/20 Can is funded by the federal government under the Canada Service Corps. Canada Service Corps is building a national movement to, it says, “build a culture of volunteer service that empowers young Canadians to make an impact.” 

You’re invited to bring your friends. 

Bags and gloves will be provided, but bring some if you have them.

If you have a vehicle and can volunteer some time to dispose of garbage collected, you’re asked to contact your local volunteer centres for more information.

For more information, email [email protected] or call the centre at 250-338-7793.

There are similar cleanups planned for tomorrow in Powell River, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Victoria.

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