- The event on Saturday marked funds raised and the fulfillment of the trial.
- This view from the East Coast Trail shows the consequence of millions of years of tectonic pressure sloping rock layers into the sea.
The East Coast Trail Association held its yearly community hike fundraiser and post-hike festivals in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s on Saturday.
The 2022 Trail Raiser Community Hike celebrated the end of a six-week fundraising action for which the company had announced a goal of $100,000.
“It’s raising awareness and funds for the East Coast Trail Association and the 336 kilometers of trail that we’ve got here on the Avalon Peninsula,” stated board member Shane Skinner.
With $86,606 raised, the fundraising goal was just missed. But for Skinner, the effect is still “a full success.”
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Nearly 100 people assembled in the school’s restaurant after the hike. According to Skinner, almost 250 people had registered for the event, and he believes approximately 300 were out on the trails in the morning. The event featured hikes in the morning — the participants could get out on seven different trails — followed by lunch, live music, and a bonus draw at Brookside Intermediate School in St. Philip’s.
“After a couple of difficult years with the COVID pandemic, it was nice to see a whole room of people wanting some live music after the event and appreciating the trail, more importantly, this morning,” said Skinner.
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Mayor Carol McDonald, who said on behalf of the town at the event, emphasized the significance of the East Coast Trail for citizens.
“The East Coast Train Association and its superb trail system are a great illustration of recreation. Hiking these trails offers a chance for folks to live a healthy and active lifestyle,” stated McDonald.
Source – cbc.ca