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Toronto Youth Make a Big Splash for Canada Water Week

Small Change Fund has specially selected Green Thumbs Growing Kids "Urban Youth Catching Rain" project as one of five being profiled for Canada Water Week 2012. Small Change Fund’s partners, CGOV Foundation and RBC Foundation are matching Canadians' donations dollar for dollar in order to raise the funds to make this innovative project happen.

Toronto, Canada, March 20, 2012 --( Canada Water Week is an annual week-long celebration coinciding with World Water Day, this year on March 22. Small Change Fund’s national Advisors have specially selected 5 inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians can get behind and support this week. Each project can make an impact with just a little more funding support. One of the chosen projects is the "Urban Youth Catching Rain" project, which hopes to train 20 Toronto youth in urban rainwater collection techniques this summer. Young summer staff and volunteers hope to install new and maintain existing rainwater catchment systems in 3-4 school garden locations across Toronto, training themselves and residents in various techniques for rainwater harvesting and garden water conservation methods.

This Green Thumbs Growing Kids initiative needs just $2973 to provide summer employment to youth, to promote urban gardening, and to ensure that school gardens are cared for over the summer break. CGOV Foundation has generously made the first investment in this project, and, to encourage additional contributions from donors across the country, the RBC Foundation has offered to match any gifts dollar-for-dollar to make sure this project reaches 100% funding. This Foundation support, together with donations from Canadians everywhere, will realize the success of this inspirational and innovative project.

This proposed project will make it possible for community members to use the school gardens and have access to good quality water for gardening, which saves energy and utility costs. These innovative high-fence systems can be replicated nearly anywhere.

Small Change Fund Program Director, Dani LaGiglia said: “Our advisory panel were so enthusiastic about this project. Not only does it engage youth and address water conservation issues, it also benefits local communities. It’s a great tangible project with a strong impact.”

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About Canada Water Week

Canada Water Week is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22. The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Living Lakes Network Canada have partnered with Small Change Fund during this campaign to raise awareness of grassroots water related activity all across Canada, and to promote water conservation.

About Small Change Fund
Founded in 2009, Small Change Fund is Canada's first micro-giving organization with a focus on grassroots environmental projects. We make it possible to put targeted funding dollars into the hands of grassroots groups working to promote, protect, and sustain our environment here in Canada. Small Change Fund connects groups directly to donors, providing a way for these small groups to access much needed funding to carry out their work. We ensure that every dollar donated is directed exactly as specified, and by working with individuals, companies, and foundations we can together fund worthy environmental projects all across the country, from coast to coast to coast.

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