Last year, Alliance Board member Colin Harris, founder and executive director of Take Me Outside, ran over 7600 kilometres, the equivalent of 181 marathons from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC. Along the way, he went into 80 schools and chatted with almost 20,000 students about the importance of finding better balance with the amount of time they spend outside compared to the time they are spending in front of screens.
His final day of this cross Canada run was October 25th. To celebrate the end of this 9 month initiative, Take Me Outside Day was established. Over 15,000 students across the country committed to spending 30 minutes or more outside on this day, not only to support Colin, but also to raise awareness about the importance of unplugging and spending time outside – being active and connecting with nature.
This year, Take Me Outside Day, in partnership with The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, is hoping to have 50,000 students show their support for taking it outside. And it would be great if some adults joined in too!