After completing an 11, 000 mile run across Canada and the United States, inspiring children across North America to take one action for the health of themselves and our planet, the original Run for One Planet Day was declared at the completion of Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait’s incredible journey in 2009.
On May 8th, 2017, Run for One Planet Ambassador, voice over actor, TED X speaker, and 8-time Ironman, Matt Hill, will continue his Run for One Planet mission, as he runs/walks around metro Vancouver from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.to commemorate the special day. In line with the “Top Ten Action Steps Challenge” –one step at a time, one hour at a time, Matt will be posting to social media each hour as he works his way through the list. To keep up with Matt’s journey—or join in the walk/run—you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for hourly updates.
Matt’s mission to run to make a difference was inspired by his childhood hero Terry Fox, so there is nowhere more fitting for Matt to begin and end his 12-hour Run for One Planet Day celebration than the Terry Fox Memorial at BC Place Stadium.
Every year, the day is marked by announcing the annual recipient of the Green Dream grant, awarded through a partnership with the R41P Legacy 4 Kids Fund and the Vancouver Foundation. Matt will be announcing this year’s recipient of the $1800 grant, which allows kids to implement their green initiatives to better the environment, on May 8th.
The Run for One Planet dream of educating and empowering today’s generations to be “Fit Kids on a Fit Planet” has affected countless children across the continent. From May 2008 to May 2009, Matt and Stephanie ran a marathon each a day, inspiring over 50,000 kids in 220 school presentations around the continent, to take small daily steps to improve our planet and their long term health.
This inspirational project has even been recognized by the Governor General of Canada, with Matt recently being honoured as a recipient of the Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal.
Matt has taken his platform (which began as the voice of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character Raphael, and has since included a role in Dino Trux, and that of a Care Bear), to reach children and motivate them to lead healthy lives and help our environment.
Matt continues to be a busy voice over performer, runner and motivational speaker, who inspires people to believe in the power of a dream and the Hero inside us all – capable of more than we ever thought was possible from ourselves, while choosing an active and healthy life to protect our environment.
Run for One Planet Day Schedule Details:
Monday, May 8th, 2017
8am-8pm: Matt will run/walk around Metro Vancouver!
Start and Finish at Terry Fox Plaza, BC Place Stadium
Join Matt for any part of his sun-up to sundown walk/run around Vancouver!
Matt would love to chat with media throughout his 12-hour celebration of this special day. He can be reached on social media through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or by contacting Lesley Diana at The Promotion People: e.Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca p. 604-726-5575
Social Media Handles
Website: matt-hill.com, runforoneplanet.org
YouTube: Run for One Planet, You: the hero on a journey | Matt Hill | TEDxBrentwoodCollegeSchool
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