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Operation Clean Sweep
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Merkel: Equality

OPERATION: Clean Sweep
set to take Canada by Storm

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers equipped with free materials will participate says PITCH-IN CANADA

Thousands of groups across Canada, equipped with free materials supplied by PITCH-IN CANADA, will be swept up as they partake in community clean-up and beautification projects during OPERATION: Clean Sweep taking place April 24-30, 2006.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers are predicted to participate in thousands of projects during the campaign and the PITCH-IN CANADA team is confident they will beat last year’s record turn out of more than 5,709 schools and groups. "Registrations started coming in early this year," says Miki Murray, Program Coordinator, PITCH-IN CANADA. "Even though the deadline for registering projects is March 31, some groups already registered last September for our campaign in April!"

With strapped municipal budgets and inflated costs of materials, communities are eager to involve volunteers in clean up and beautification campaigns. Many are asking PITCH-IN CANADA to supply them with free materials provided by this year’s sponsors of PITCH-IN CANADA Week: TD’s Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Sunoco-Suncor Energy Foundation, BC Hydro POWERSMART, The Trillium Foundation and the Government of British Columbia.

"Canadians have been supporting the PITCH-IN Week campaign since 1969. A clean environment is obviously important to them and the PITCH-IN program has continued to capture their interest and enthusiasm," adds Misha van Veen, newly appointed Program Manager for PITCH-IN CANADA and herself a long term supporter of the campaign.

Anyone can become a PITCH-IN CANADA Week coordinator and receive free posters, colouring books, and other educational materials providing ideas for projects in their community. Groups conducting clean-up campaigns can also request free, large garbage/recycling bags by registering their project. "Registration is easy. Participants can go online and register at"

The annual campaign has become the focal point for communities participating in various environmental programs promoted by PITCH-IN CANADA, ranging from volunteers adopting city streets, parks and vacant lots and paint-up/fix-up/ beautification programs to efforts by young and old to clean up whole city neighbourhoods, ravines and waterways.

For more information about PITCH-IN CANADA, a non-profit voluntary organization which was formed in British Columbia in 1967 by six volunteers who started cleaning up local beaches, go to, write PITCH-IN CANADA at Box 45011, Ocean Park PO, White Rock, BC, V4A 9L1, or contact Misha van Veen at


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