A message from Hartley Richardson, TCT Foundation Co-Chair, National Champion
Trail lovers across the country will look back on 2017 as one of the most noteworthy years in Canadian history. After 25 years of effort, The Great Trail has been fully connected. This triumph has resulted in a living symbol of national collaboration, with the country coming together to create a national trail network that unites 15,000 diverse communities.
Certainly, it’s been a year to remember – yet there’s even more we can do to increase the monumental impact from this modern version of nation-building.
Throughout our Chapter 150 campaign,I have been amazed by the campaign cabinet’s unwavering dedication, and humbled by the willingness of thousands of individuals, organizations and governments to help us reach our $75-million goal.
When we embarked on the daunting task of raising more than $1-million per month over a six-year period, we knew it would be a massive undertaking for any organization. Since it was TCT’s first fundraising campaign of this magnitude, it was especially ambitious.
My fellow members of the TCT Foundation and I are thrilled to have reached this milestone – and it would not have been possible without the generosity of all levels of government as well as individual, corporate and foundation donors, who contributed millions of dollars. Across Canada, thousands of generous Canadians donated to this trailblazing cause.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the federal government for matching these contributions, adding an extra dollar for every two donated to the Trail. This generous act was a crucial addition to our campaign.
We believe The Great Trail to be one of the greatest initiatives in the world, and we’re delighted that so many generous Canadians agree! Whenever I experience a section of The Great Trail with friends and loved ones, I always reflect on the stellar efforts that led to our cross-Canada connection.
Going forward, The Great Trail’s future will continue to depend on donor support and volunteer dedication. Since this project requires ongoing protection and care in order to thrive, our work will never be completed. We’ll continue to take strides to convert roadway to greenway, and to ensure The Great Trail is accessible to all. Your generosity will enable our children, grandchildren and future generations to enjoy this magnificent Canadian legacy project.