Media Advisory - THIS SUNDAY: Hundreds of kids run in Toronto for WWF-Canada

TORONTO, June 9, 2017 /CNW/ - On Sunday, June 11, hundreds of kids and their families will take to Étienne Brûlé Park and Withrow Park in Toronto to step up the pace of wildlife conservation by participating in Kids' Run for Nature.

The Toronto runs are part of a series of eight local Kids' Run for Nature events happening across the country, including Calgary, Ottawa and Port Hope, Ont.

Geared towards kids and their families, the 1 km, 3km and 5 km runs give kids the opportunity to contribute to positive change for the environment and help the animals they love, while staying healthy and active.

Founded in 2015 by Jasmine de Pencier and Jett Jardeleza-Toole when they were 10 years old, Kids' Run for Nature has brought more than 1,300 runners to local parks and raised close to $50,000 for WWF-Canada. This year, they aim to raise another $50,000 to fund conservation initiatives that protect wild species and their habitats – from the Arctic's Lancaster Sound and B.C.'s Salish Sea to Canada's rivers and urban areas.


Withrow Park, Toronto, Ont. 
Sunday, June 11 at 8 a.m.

8:00 a.m. 

Registration located at the Withrow Park Clubhouse (off Logan Ave).

Jasmine de Pencier and Jett Jardeleza-Toole, Kids' Run for Nature co-founders, are available for interviews.

8:50 a.m.    

Group warm-up and announcements with WWF's panda mascot.

9:00 a.m.   

1 km and 5 km runs begin.


Étienne Brûlé Park, Toronto, Ont. 
Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m.

3:00 p.m.        

Registration located in front of main parking lot (off Catherine St.)

3:50 p.m.        

Group warm-up and announcements with WWF's panda mascot.

4:00 p.m.        

1 km, 3 km and 5 km runs begin.


Families can still sign up to run at or in person on event day.

David Miller, president and CEO WWF-Canada, says:
"Conserving wildlife isn't just for adults. Jasmine, Jett and all the kids who take part in Kids' Run for Nature show that young environmentalists can make an incredible difference for wildlife in Canada. They run for tigers, for polar bears, for butterflies and for other wildlife. Whatever their inspiration, WWF-Canada is proud of their efforts to help nature thrive."

Jett Jardeleza-Toole, co-founder of Kids' Run for Nature, says:
"Jasmine and I started Kids' Run for Nature because we both love running and wanted to do something to help Canadian wildlife. Every animal, no matter how small, is important to our ecosystems. Kids should participate because it's a good way to get active and support the World Wildlife Fund Canada and their conservation efforts."

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

About Kids Run for Nature
Founded in 2015 by Jasmine de Pencier and Jett Jardeleza-Toole, Kids' Run for Nature is a 1 km and 5 km fun run organized by kids in support of WWF-Canada's work to protect vulnerable wildlife. For more info visit


For further information: Emily Vandermeer, communications specialist, WWF-Canada,, +1 416-489-8800 ext. 7298


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