PHOENIX, AZ, January 8, 2010 – On February 7th, Everlasting Marks, a local environmental education nonprofit, is kicking off their second annual “Take a Hike!” hike-a-thon fundraiser sponsored by REI. They are currently recruiting participants who find sponsors to pledge funds for hiked miles that can be completed over the course of the 8-week event. There will be awards and prizes for the most miles hiked and the most funds raised.
Registration for the hike-a-thon ends January 22, 2010 and the first hike is February 7th. It continues for 2 months with one scheduled hike each week at various mountains in the greater Phoenix area and ends April 5th. In order to meet their mileage goals, hikers can participate in the organization’s scheduled hikes, or hike on their own at locations and dates they choose. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to participate.
Jaime Collins, founder of Everlasting Marks states, “The ‘Take a Hike!’ program is not just an event to raise funds, but to increase the community’s awareness of the environment through the enjoyment of the outdoors.”
This year’s hike-a-thon is in honor of Tessa Worby, who had a fatal fall while rock climbing Camelback Mountain on February 5, 2009. While her accident is a reminder of the dangers of hiking and rock climbing, her memory serves as an inspiration to others to live life to its fullest.
“Tessa was passionate about the outdoors, youth and the environment, reflecting the values of Everlasting Marks,” said Collins. “May we each discover even a portion of her enthusiasm in our own lives.”
Everlasting Marks is an Arizona based organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and environmental awareness through youth-oriented educational service projects that involve sustainable construction from recycled materials. Current projects include the development of a sustainable garden and educational facility at Superstition Farm in Mesa. For more information visit www.EverlastingMarks.org