June is the month to make Hope just little bit better.
The town is once again competing in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, aiming to nab that top prize of $100,000.
Hope came oh-so-close to winning in the last competition, in 2019, says Natalie McClendon, who is on the committee for Hope’s Community Better Challenge. This year, she says, it will take an all hands on deck effort to push through to top place in Canada.
The committee has a ton of tricks up their sleeve and will be posting information daily on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CBCHopeBC.
The challenge is open to everyone of every age. All activity can be tracked, whether it’s walking to and from school, steps taken at work, gardening, or a traditional workout. It does have to be logged, and there a few ways to do that.
For those who have easy access to the internet and mobile devices, there is a ParticipACTION App where you can log every step taken. It can even connect to exercise monitors like Fitbit.
For those who aren’t able to log online, there will be weekly log sheets available around town, including the District of Hope office. Volunteers from the committee will be logging those sheets online so they can be included, too.
It’s really important to “like and follow” the group’s Facebook page, McClendon says. And for those using the app, get started right away as there are prizes available right now.
There are other ways to get involved, she adds.
Workplaces can create an organization profile on the ParticipACTION website and then hold their own virtual events for staff, for example.
There are three judging criteria for the winners, and communities are judged per capital to make it an equal playing field. The criteria are the most organizations that sign up, the most individuals and the most active minutes tracked.
Hope came in second place to Enderby in 2019, and it was close.
This time around, she says, it will take every resident participating to earn the top prize.
Learn more by visiting their Facebook page.
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