Oct 10, 2013

Dare to Stair: Stairing Poverty in the Face, Thursday October 17th, 2013


MEDIA ADVISORY



Dare 2 Stair with Us! Hundreds of Calgarians, taking steps to help reduce poverty

 
Calgary, AB, October 17th, 2013

On Thursday, October 17th, 2013 the International Day to Eradicate Poverty hundreds of Calgarians are invited to take the 167 steps to learn how we can all do our own part to reduce poverty. The artist installation will take place on the McHugh Bluff Stairs and bike path for cyclists, citizens with reduced mobility.  Park lovers are encouraged to drop by anytime between noon and 5:30 pm to visit the exhibition. 



Included in the day will be an opportunity to contribute to Canada Without Poverty’s Chew on This! campaign advocating for the federal government to eradicate poverty and hunger by implementing a national poverty reduction strategy. There are 882,000 people who resort to food banks each month and millions of others struggling to get by. Chew on This! volunteers are joining the thousands across the country who have endorsed Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada.


While poverty affects us all, the art awareness event is timely given the Calgary election is only days away to discover how each level of government and the community can help reduce poverty in our City.  


The stairs are a well-known landmark in our City and are used by many Calgarians from all economic backgrounds. For many who experience and witness poverty in the everyday fabric of our lives, it is also a chance to share solutions, learn the myths and share stories and ideas to help make a better province for all Albertans.   


What:       Dare 2 Stair: Staring Poverty in the Face - Artist Installation

Who:        Calgary Ability Network-Poverty Reduction, Disability Action Hall, Vibrant Communities Calgary and community partners joining together to share solutions to reduce poverty.

When:       Thursday, October 17th from noon to 5:30 pm. Media conference at bottom of the stairs at noon (near curling club)

Where:     McHugh Bluff Stairs (2nd Street and Crescent Road NW) close to the Calgary Curling Club.

Why:         To help Calgarians learn how we can all reduce poverty on this International Day to Eradicate Poverty.



Contact:

Kim Matthews 403.219.3606 kmatthews@cpalberta.com

Colleen Huston 403.717.7630 actionhall@calgaryscope.org

                   Darrell Howard 403.283.2197 darrell@vibrantcalgary.com

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