Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, and Bill Houldsworth of Tim Hortons, celebrated the efforts of Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital’s 2014 campaign participants and sponsors at a ceremony at Centrepointe Studio this morning.
“It’s always inspiring to see the City, the business community and legions of volunteers work together to show pride in their community,” said Mayor Watson. “The goals and the values expressed through Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital are shared by Ottawa residents in every ward, from the urban core, to rural communities to bustling suburbs.”
Every year, the spring and fall events attract more than 80,000 participants who give back to their communities through litter pick-up and graffiti removal projects. Since 1994, Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital participants have collected over 1.7 million kilograms of waste from Ottawa’s parks, roadways, bus stops, woodlots, ravines, shorelines and pathways.
“Not only is the number of volunteers who sign up for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital truly inspiring, the sheer volume of work they accomplish is incredible,” said Councillor Egli. “The value of their contribution to their neighbourhoods, and the City as a whole, is immeasurable.”
“Tim Hortons is proud to be a long-time sponsor of the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaigns and we are dedicated to supporting this valuable initiative to keep our communities beautiful,” said Bill Houldsworth, local restaurant owner. “We look forward to the campaign’s continued success to combat litter and graffiti through community cleanup projects across the city.”
The 2015 spring Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign will take place April 15 to May 15. Participants can register online at ottawa.ca/clean beginning March 15.