WWF's 1,776 Step Climb: Powered by the Commitment of Nearly 800 Volunteers

volunteers at CN Tower Climb

In less than two weeks, WWF-Canada staff will be “all hands on deck” at the CN Tower, facilitating approximately 7,000 feisty climbers in their journey up the Tower’s 1,776 steps. For WWF-Canada, the CN Tower Climb for Nature is our most significant fundraising event of the year, with a goal to raise $1.3 million for Canadian conservation.

You might be wondering how we’re able to pull off such a fantastic event with a team of just under 100 staff? The answer is: our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers! On April 8 and 9, nearly 800 of them will help us make it all happen. Here are some Climb volunteers’ testimonials for the reasons they feel inspired to help us run this monumental event:

Andy Xia, who will be volunteering as a Food Runner (making sure volunteers are well fed all day) says, “Volunteering reminds me that there is something beyond just my own world and that I can be a part of something bigger. Over the years, I have also realized that volunteering represents one’s passion and attitude about life. I can choose to spend a weekend at home and watching TV or getting active and doing something meaningful through volunteering. While there is nothing wrong with the former, the latter is – in my opinion – a better way to make the most out of my time and life. It feels good to be needed and valuable.”

Han Xiao is very involved in the Chinese community in Toronto and hopes her efforts will inspire more residents and newcomers to “live a greener Canadian life”. As a Forestry Ph.D. student, she says, “Nature and forests mean a lot to me. They are necessary for everyone and our future generations. An environmental deficit will endanger every species on Earth even more than an economic one.”

I cherish the opportunity to volunteer and share ideas and dialogue with other people. These experiences are important to my future. I believe volunteering will teach me Life.

Jingying Song is taking a stand and hopes to meet like-minded people at the Climb. She says, “I believe it is extremely important that we take firm action to preserve wildlife. Wild species are disappearing at an alarming rate and we as humans are going to pay the ultimate price. By volunteering for WWF, I am doing my part in this fight, and I hope to inspire even more people to do theirs. I know this is going to be a super fun event, and I can’t wait to be there!”

Mikayla Ma has a beautiful outlook on volunteering her time. She says, “Nature conservation can make us experience life in healthier and happier ways. For sure, we will have a better Earth where people and animals live in great harmony. I believe the maintenance of a harmonious ecological environment will bring humans more benefits. I cherish the opportunity to volunteer and share ideas and dialogue with other people. These experiences are important to my future. I believe volunteering will teach me Life.”

Thanks to the contributions of Andy, Han, Jingying, Mikayla and hundreds more like them, the CN Tower Climb for Nature will help us reach our fundraising target of $1.3 million for nature conservation – or maybe more! When we work together for a common cause, humanity can give Mother Nature something to smile about.

TELUS is proud to be the presenting sponsor of WWF’s volunteering program, championing passionate and hardworking conservation volunteers for the future.

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