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Bridgwater Forest cleanup a thing of beauty

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Area residents turned out en masse May 17 for the Bridgwater Forest spring cleanup.

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Area residents turned out en masse May 17 for the Bridgwater Forest spring cleanup. Photo Store

Bridgwater Forest held its annual spring cleanup on Saturday, May 17. There was a good turnout and much of the garbage accumulated over the last few months was picked up, returning the area to its beautiful pre-winter state.  

A big thank you goes out to all the residents who participated in this very necessary event in an effort to keep Bridgwater Forest clean and attractive.

Jean Altemeyer, Stride Walk co-ordinator, would like to invite all residents of Waverley West and surrounding areas to participate in the Stride to Turn the Tide annual walk on June 7 at Grant Park Mall.  

Altemeyer explained the details in an email:  

"Grands ’n’ More Winnipeg is hosting this walk for the fourth time, as part of a coast-to-coast initiative featuring Canadian grandmothers and others walking in solidarity with African grandmothers who are caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.  

"Registration ($5 for participants over age 12), various activities and displays relating to access to water, food, health care, education in Africa will start at 10 a.m. at the west end of the mall. 

The walk begins at 11a.m. Signs will be posted throughout the mall showing how many laps participants need to walk to replicate the distances covered by the African grandmothers (while) collecting water, providing home-based care to those who are ill, taking goods to market, or getting their grandchildren to school.  All events will end by 1 p.m.  

"Participants may bring slightly-used or new practical footwear (shoes and boots) for children, women and men, as part of Canadian Footwear’s Fit Feet on the Street.

"These donations will symbolize all the empty shoes left by those who have died in the pandemic, the shoes the grandmothers have stepped-in to fill, as well as depicting our walking in solidarity with them.

"At the end of this event, Canadian Footwear will gather the shoes and boots up and distribute them to local homeless shelters.  

"Pledges or donations may be made at:  www.stridetoturnthetide.ca.  For information: Grands ’n’ More at grandsnmore@gmail.com or jeanaltemeyer@shaw.ca"

Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at kristianaka@gmail.com

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