Australia Out to Beat Canadian World Record Walk on Sept 1, 2008!



    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - On September 1, 2008, Australia's Giant Walk,
led by the State of Western Australia, will attempt to break Canada's World
Record for the largest simultaneous 1 km walk (see
http://thegiantwalk.com.au/about.php). In the official launch for "The Giant
Walk," Perth Football Captain and Active Western Australia Ambassador Troy
Cook spoke of the "pesky Canadians" who broke their record. "We are always
keen for a challenge and I am confident we can reclaim it for Australia and
walk away with a new world record. Our national pride is on the line, and
while this is not a call to arms - it certainly is a call to legs!" said Troy.
    On October 3rd, 2007, Canada claimed the World Record for the largest
simultaneous 1 km walk at 231,635 participants (see www.worldrecordwalk.ca).
It took place at 1,011 venues from coast to coast, launching the Walkolution.
Ontario's effort, with over 160,000 participants was a result of support from
the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion's Communities in Action Fund.
    "We wish our Australian friends success in eclipsing our record. There is
an urgent need to promote walking and create walkable communities to impact
staggering obesity rates and the juggernaut of climate change. These are
global issues. It is time to put walking on national agendas. If any country
wants to challenge our world record, we welcome that for the greater good of
society!" says Harry Sawchuk, event organizer for Green Communities Canada.
    This is the intensifying of a competition that dates back to May 26,
2005, when Albertans, led by the organization SHAPE Alberta (Safe Healthy
Active People Everywhere), set the world record with 79,815 Albertans walking
1 kilometre at the same time. In 2006, the state of Western Australia topped
that with 100,915 participants walking at 570 venues. Now they want "their"
record back and have enlisted all Australian states in the effort!
    Although Green Communities Canada is not organizing a World Record Walk
this year, we are seeking funding for a 2009 event, engaging all provinces and
territories. To support this plan, contact local MPs and MPPs to let them know
this is a worthwhile project.

    Green Communities Canada is a national association of community-based
non-profit organizations that deliver innovative environmental programs and
services, with a focus on household and community action. Green Communities
Canada supports member organizations in working together to achieve
environmental sustainability, including healthy ecosystems and communities,
sustainable resource use, and clean air, water, and soil. See
www.greencommunitiescanada.org.




For further information:

For further information: Contact information: Mandy Johnson, Green
Communities Canada, Ph: (647) 448-6659/Toll free: 1-877-533-4098,
mjohnson@greencommunitiescanada.org, www.worldrecordwalk.ca

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