This Saturday, volunteers are expected to flock to Richmond’s Iona Beach Regional Park to participate in a massive shoreline cleanup, with federal environment minister Catherine McKenna scheduled to make an appearance.
Part of the 25th season of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the Iona Beach cleanup is one of four scheduled in Canadian cities along with events in Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto.
“Over the last quarter century, Shoreline Cleanup participants have cleaned almost 34,000 kilometres of shoreline, picking up almost 1.3 million kg of litter and preventing it from entering the water, where it can harm wildlife,” said Oceanwise, an event partner along with the World Wildlife Fund, in a press release.
Registration for the cleanup begins at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks from McKenna at 10 a.m. From then until noon, volunteers will be provided with all the clean-up supplies they need to help tidy Iona Beach’s shores. Following the cleanup, there will be a lunch, results and prizes.
As parking is limited, a free shuttle will run between Templeton Canada Line Station and Iona Beach Regional Park between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
To pre-register, visit Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s website.