TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - David Miller, former Toronto mayor and current president and CEO of WWF-Canada, has one New Year's resolution for 2017: Get into shape before tackling Toronto's tallest challenge - taking the stairs to the top of the CN Tower as part of WWF-Canada's Climb for Nature.
"I've congratulated thousands of WWF climbers as they reached the top, and in 2017 I will climb with them for the first time," said Miller, a lifelong rugby player, who is recovering from surgery for a knee injury. "I've started training to get fit so I can climb the CN Tower – all 1,776 steps – for the first time. The climb, though, is more than a fitness challenge. It motivates people – young and old, fast and not-so-fast – to raise funds together to protect wildlife. It's good for your health and the health of the planet."
Why WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature is a great New Year's resolution:
- Bragging rights: Committing to do the WWF-Canada CN Tower Climb is powerful motivation to start a new workout routine. While it may seem like a lofty goal for non-athletes, people of all ages and abilities make it to the top. Don't believe us? Read Julian Backhouse's story.
- Ultimate bragging rights: Athletes, first responders and fitness enthusiasts looking for a more competitive experience can join WWF-Canada's first-ever Elite Climb. Who will claim the title of First Up the Tower? The record time to beat is 7 minutes, 52 seconds.
- A family fitness goal: Every year, families train and climb together, with kids racing their parents up all 1,776 steps.
- A work affair: Past corporate teams can describe the excitement generated when co-workers come together for the environment. And when executives get involved, it takes it to the next level.
- Make a difference for wildlife: Last year, nearly 7,000 people registered for the CN Tower Climb for Nature, taking a combined 12,432,000 steps to raise more than $1.2 million for WWF-Canada's conservation efforts. This support was vital to helping wild tiger populations rise for the first time in 2016 and advocating for the protection of caribou calving grounds in Canada's Arctic.
About WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature:
- Register at wwf.ca/cntower
- Early-bird fundraising prize deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.
- Public Climb is on April 8: Family-friendly climb for individuals, kids and groups.
- Ultimate Climb is on April 9: Competitive climb for corporate teams, fitness enthusiasts, first responders and elite climbers. For the first time, climbers can add the EdgeWalk, take on our rock climbing wall and more.
Find out more information about WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature
Fundraise early for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime
Those who sign-up and start fundraising early earn one ballot for every $500 raised by Jan. 31, 2017. The prize: A Newfoundland and Labrador cruise trip for two, valued at $27,000, donated by Adventure Canada.
About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca.
For further information: Philippe Devos, [email protected], +1 416-453-0092