As part of Earth Week, Ucluelet Rotary Club member Ryan Wackett will be handing out free Clean Up Packages with grabber picker up tools at his shop Westcoast Connect from April 10 to 23. (Nora O’Malley photo)

As part of Earth Week, Ucluelet Rotary Club member Ryan Wackett will be handing out free Clean Up Packages with grabber picker up tools at his shop Westcoast Connect from April 10 to 23. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet Rotary honours Earth Day with week long community clean up

“Let’s spring into action and clean up our beautiful communities!”

Earth Day is on April 22, and this year, the Ucluelet Rotary Club believes the Earth deserves more than a day of recognition so they are celebrating by inviting West Coasters to participate in Earth Week.

“Let’s spring into action and clean up our beautiful communities! We are challenging all West Coast residents to get out and clean up their block, neighborhood, schools, churches and parks,” said Ucluelet Rotary Club president Jeff Anderson.

To entice community participation, free “Clean up Packages” will be distributed at Ucluelet’s Westcoast Connect (beside Abbondanza) during opening hours, from April 19 to 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Clean Up Packages include a picker upper grabber tool, two garbage bags, gloves, and dog poo bags.

The Earth Week Challenge runs until April 25 and Ucluelet Rent It Centre and Ozzard Environmental is providing a dumpster at the drop off stop in front of the Westcoast Connect for Earth Week participants.

Prizes will be awarded for the most garbage picked up, most unusual find, best photo and best Rotary Earth week video clip. Anderson notes that this is a spring clean up and not a backroads clean up.

“We do not want any mattresses or household items in our bin as it is strictly for the spring clean up and will be locked at night,” he said.

Owner of Westcoast Connect Ryan Wackett joined Ucluelet’s Rotary Club in 2019.

“If you are community minded, that’s the club you want to be involved in. I’ve never been into those types of clubs, but Rotary seemed to have the same business plan as what we do – reaching out and helping people in anyway we can,” Wackett said, adding that West Coast Connect is not only Ucluelet’s new Purolator, but it’s also a hub for artists.

Wackett hopes to see participation from both towns.

“Come by and be part of Earth Week. It’s your community. Don’t you want it clean? This is a beautiful place and we want to keep it beautiful,” Wackett said.

Anyone interested in participating in Earth Week can sign up via the Ucluelet Rotary Facebook page. Earth Week photos and/or videos submitted by Monday, April 26 give participants a shot at scoring awesome prizes with winners being announced on April 28.

Curious about joining the Ucluelet Rotary Club? Anderson invites folks to send a message via their Facebook page or to email uclueletrotaryclub@gmail.com.



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