Local Thames River Cleanup starts 9:00 am April 23 at Milt Dunnell Field

The Thames River Cleanup takes place for the 17th year all across the Thames River watershed tomorrow, with over 1,500 volunteers chipping in during last year’s efforts to clean up about 200 km of the Thames. This year’s cleanup will take place locally at Milt Dunnell Field tomorrow (Saturday, April 23), when registration begins at 9:00 am.

Gloves and garbage bags will be provided, and student volunteer hours are available for registered volunteers, however children under 18 must have a parent or guardian over 18-years-of-age sign for them. Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather. Other items such as pails, wheel barrows, or grabbing devices (like a pole or broken hockey stick) also help with garbage collection.

Free coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits will be provided and, when the cleanup winds down at noon, a free barbecue will be held, as well several raffles with prizes including a new bike up for grabs. Registered volunteers will also be eligible to win a NOVA Craft Canoe.

Registration forms are available at ThamesRiverCleanup.ca. For more information, contact organizer Todd Sleeper by emailing td.sleeper@hotmail.com.

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