TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Toronto-based Valley Park Go Green
Cricket Field Project is proud to be selected for the semi-final round
of the Aviva Community Fund's online voting contest when it opens
Monday December 3-12. This now makes it one of just 30 community
projects left of more than 1500 voted by Canadians as "most popular
idea" to win Aviva's largest $100,000 to $150,000 award. Its idea, "Let
there be Light!" is to win outdoor sports lighting for its brand new
sustainable multi-sport field when it opens next summer so that youth
in the Priority Neighbourhood of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park
can participate in free programming longer into the night.
The project is holding three back-to-back spirit assemblies on tha
afternoon of Monday, Dec. 3 when a "Gangnam-style Let there be Light!"
video will be shown. And a school-wide pizza party will be held to
celebrate the launch of the semi-finals. Students will also be invited
to vote in their classrooms and in an outdoor heated tent with laptops
set up outside the school.
Assemblies will start at 12:50 pm on Monday Dec. 3 for the 1,050
students at Valley Park Middle School who helped vote for the idea with
friends, family, feeder schools and other competitors in an earlier
round to qualify for the semi-finals.
Led by students and community leaders onstage dressed in bright green
and yellow project t-shirts and Aviva Community Fund t-shirts, project
fans will join in the Gangnam-style dance and hear from a Grade 8
student Abeir Liton about prize draws for students who vote each day.
"We have an advantage because of the size of this community," says
Nickolas Stefanoff, VPMS principal and project co-chair, "and the
popularity of soccer and cricket in these neighbourhoods. Our students
come from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan , Bangladesh and India ,
where cricket is a near-religion. Offering free training in these
sports late into the night will improve lives and keep kids fully
engaged and off the streets. We've been grateful to the community for
their support in this contest which is why we're semi-finalists."
Voting booths were set up in shopping malls and apartments buildings
thanks to supportive landlords such as Centennial Towers and Morguard
The Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field project, located at 130 Overlea
Blvd. at Don Mills Road is a partnership between a committee of staff,
students, parents and activists from VPMS with the two neighbourhood
settlement services agencies: Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and
Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services; as well as Toronto & Region
The project has sub-licensed the VPMS backyard and an adjacent Hydro
field from the Toronto District School Board and Hydro One to create a
large sustainable multi-sport cricket field irrigated by school rooftop
recaptured rainwater. It will be surrounded by a new red clay running
track, a bioswale, wetland, butterfly meadow and urban forest. The $1.1
million Phase One project will be completed next spring, 2013. Winning
this grant will make outdoor sports lighting part of Phase One. People
are invited to register for the Aviva contest and vote for this idea
at https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf16293 or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/avivacommunityfund?sk=app_86018144944. People can also vote through a link on the project website www.gogreencricketfield.ca.
Media is also invited to attend the spirit assemblies and vote in our
outdoor voting booth.
Video with caption: "Video: Let there be light - Gangnam Style.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbVJCclCbVc&feature=plcp4
Image with caption: "Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project Entering Semi-Finals As One of Canada's TOP THIRTY elected most popular ideas in Aviva Contest! Imagine playing on the field next summer a lot longer under the light. (CNW Group/Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121130_C5165_PHOTO_EN_21407.jpg
SOURCE: Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project
For further information:
Nickolas Stefanoff, VPMS Principal and Project co-chair, 416-949-4130
Owen McDermott, VPMS media teacher, 416-396-2465
Lisa Grogan-Green, Project co-chair, 647-388-3200
Deborah Knight, DKPR, 416-200-3577