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Canucks Honour Riot Cleanup Volunteers

September 23rd, 2011 @ 9:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The riot in June was voted Vancouver’s “Claim to Shame” in yesterday’s Best of Vancouver issue of the Georgia Straight but many believe the 11,000 volunteers who hit the streets in the morning to clean up our city should be our new claim to fame.

Vancouver Riot
Photo credit: PiscesDremer on Flickr

People from all over the Lower Mainland converged on downtown streets at the break of dawn with brooms and garbage cans. They took the train from Burnaby and Surrey, and they came out from their hotels in their Bruins jerseys. The theme was clear: Real Canucks fans don’t riot.

Natalie Binns - Vancouver Cleanup Natalie Binns - Vancouver Cleanup Natalie Binns - Vancouver Cleanup
Cleanup photos submitted to me by my friend Natalie Binns (right)

Noah reads the wall for the first time. On Behalf Of My Team And My City, I'm Sorry
Photo credit: Jay Piddy, Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Vancouver Cleanup: Post-Riots Vancouver Cleanup: Post-Riots
Photo credit: Maurice Li, Maurice Li submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Vancouverites care about their city and the Vancouver Canucks recognize that with their latest “Heart of a Canuck” campaign.

During the pre-season they have been inviting emergency personnel to games and for October 1st they have reserved 200 seats in Rogers Arena for cleanup volunteers.

Vancouver’s final pre-season game on October 1st is reserved to recognize the volunteers who initiated the clean-up efforts in downtown Vancouver the day after the riots. For this we are looking to give away 100 pairs of tickets to those who participated and made a world of difference.

If you assisted in making downtown Vancouver beautiful again, please share your experience in 100 words or less and attach a photo of you pitching in from June 16th’s clean-up.

They are currently accepting entries until Monday, September 26, 2011. Submit your story and/or photo online before that time to be entered into the draw.

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