As part of the community-wide effort to help Hope win a top spot in ParticipACTION’s Better Community Challenge, an all-ages Volksmarch was hosted on Sunday, June 16, at the Rotary Trail. (Chris Duchaine/ File photo)

Hope logs three million minutes for ParticipACTION

Contest designed to get communities active will run again next year

Did you participate in the first ever ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge earlier this year?

People from around the country did, and in the end, Enderby was named the most active community in Canada. But Hope did well, too, placing in the top two per cent of all competing communities and being one of the top 30 finalists.

People in Hope tracked a whopping three million minutes of physical activity and people in the community submitted more than 1,400 events and activities.

A Community Impact Report was sent to the city at the end of June that showed all of the organizations that joined in the effort. They include 1st Hope Scouts, At Rivers Edge Kennel, FVRD, Hope Association for Community Living, the District itself, Hope Golf and Country Club, Hope Health Unit, the Hope Line Dancers, Hope Minor Soccer, Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre, Kawkawa Camp and Retreat, Pacific Top Team Hope, Read Right Society, Fraser-Cascade School District, Shxw’owhamel First Nation, and Silver Creek elementary school.

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The winning community, Enderby, earned Canada’s Most Active Community and earned $150,000 for local physical activity initiatives. Five regional winners across the country earned $20,000 each.

ParticipACTION says that more information will be coming out in the fall for the 2020 Community Better Challenge.

Small towns like Hope and Enderby are very eligible to win, they point out, as minutes logged by participants are balanced against the town’s population.

People can still track their activity using a mobile-phone based app. To learn more, visit www.participACTION.com.

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