This year’s event (2020) will not be taking place as it has in the past, however, we bring you the following message from the founder, Alex Bell, as well as deem the month of September as an ideal time to bring awareness to the Diversity Fund.
“Ten years ago, this article (below) came out about my first Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. Since then a lot of changes have happened to the Crunch. In this picture, no stairs exist and now there are two sets of stairs, plus washrooms, a drinking fountain and more upgrades to come. Today the Crunch has more visits in an hour than you would get in a full day when this article was published.”
“This year, due to Covid-19, the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge has been cancelled. But to recognize what would have been the 11th year, on Saturday, September 12 starting at 8 a.m. I will be going up 8 times; on the hour, every hour and finishing at 4 p.m. I am inviting people to join me for as many trips as they want starting from the parking lot.”
“Everyone 19 or older who joins me at least once will get a $5 off coupon for a beer at Mariner Brewing. Also, starting September 12 Mariner Brewing will donate $1 for every Double Berry Sour beer sold to the Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund held by the Coquitlam Foundation.”
“So, if you are inspired, come join me but remember, don’t bunch on the Crunch and respect physical distancing.”
We’re encouraging anyone to enjoy the Coquitlam Crunch and be encouraged to make a donation the fund which was established in October 2011, and provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs, or education aimed at improving integration, participation or access in the community for any diversity group(s) identified by the community as being marginalized.
Priority is given to initiatives that benefit the people of Coquitlam. Uses of the fund include, but are not limited to: grants to support diversity initiatives that encourage or facilitate the inclusion of diverse groups into the social or economic fabric of the community grants to support initiatives that encourage dialogue, understanding and respect of, or between two or more diversity groups (such as seniors and youth, different cultures, different religions); and grants to support initiatives to educate the community about the different diversity groups in order to promote better understanding, acceptance and inclusion. The primary way the fund raises money is through the annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.
See you at the Crunch!