Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Volunteers needed for Tuckasegee River clean-up

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to turn out for the 26th annual spring cleanup of the Tuckasegee River around Cullowhee, NC this Saturday (April 17). The event has become the largest single-day river cleanup in the nation.

Volunteers get a life jacket, paddle and trash bags then climb aboard rafts to troll the river and fish out trash. No rafting experience is necessary.

“It’s awesome to see everyone come together and work so hard,” said Jennifer Bennett, assistant director of outdoor programs with Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee, which sponsors the event. “The cleanup provides an opportunity for students and community members to work side-by-side and sometimes in the same raft for a common goal.”

A free cookout with live entertainment is held after the cleanup, including door prizes donated by local businesses. Register on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day of the event. The first 600 volunteers receive a free T-shirt. Wear old clothes and bring gloves. Call 828-227-3625 or click here.

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