Deadline extended to July 9 for “Trail On!” matching grant challenge

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Due to the great response of the Board of Directors Matching Grant Challenge, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation has extended the Matching Grant deadline to July 9. Since the challenge was announced, the Foundation has received continued support from across Windsor and Essex County.

“We are so close to our goal of 64 metres, we wanted to extend the campaign to allow for even more people to participate and have the opportunity to have their donations matched,” said Susan Stockwell-Andrews, President, Board of Directors.

The Trail On! campaign raises funds to support the development of the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, a 22-kilometre multi-use recreational trail.  The Challenge matches all adopt-a-metre donations up to $3,200.  During the challenge, each $50 donation will receive two shirts, along with two GPS coordinates of a virtual metre.  Donors are then encouraged to go out and find their metre, take a picture of themselves, their family and friends, and post it to the Foundation’s Facebook page to inspire others to do the same.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our community to increase the impact of their donations and help us reach our goal of building another premier trail in our region,” said Richard Wyma, executive director, Essex Region Conservation Foundation.

Since the opening of the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a region-wide appreciation and demand for trails in the community was initiated.  The Chrysler Canada Greenway has become an important trail for hiking, cycling, running, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

“Trails like the Chrysler Canada Greenway provide connectivity within towns and municipalities. Being more pedestrian and bike friendly allows people to get out and walk to places as opposed to jumping in their car,” said John Sutton, executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Windsor Essex, Amherstburg town councillor and ERCA board member.

To participate in this challenge, adopt-a-metre by June  online at or over the phone at 519-776-5209 x341 or by sending in a check to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311, Essex, ON N8M 1Y6.

“If you haven’t had an opportunity to participate in the campaign, now is the time,” said Wyma.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation supports ERCA by raising the funds required to reforest and green the Essex region, protect those significant natural areas that remain, plant new forests in strategic locations, restore wetlands, protect cultural heritage, and increase green connections through acquiring and developing trails.

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