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Third annual Neighbours Day inspires residents to ‘Host your own Event’

Posted on Thursday March 02, 2017

Kitchener – On June 10, 2017, thousands of citizens will come together across Kitchener to participate in the third annual Neighbours Day and the City of Kitchener encourages you to support your local neighbourhood events and continue to love your hood! If you have an idea for an event that celebrates the dynamic and vibrant places, spaces and people that live in Kitchener, there are a number of ways the city can help you get your event off the ground.

The Neighbours Day committee is offering the following supports to residents or businesses wanting to ‘Host your own Event’ (HYOE):

  1. A free event listing on the Neighbours Day event webpage to help residents find their activities on event day;
  2. Connect HYOE leads to City staff with resources and support that may be available to them in the community;
  3. 20 x $200 gift cards to 20 eligible registered event organizers to assist in the purchase of supplies to make their event successful;
  4. Advice and/or guidance regarding eligibility for Neighbourhood Matching grant and/or registration for Festival of Neighbourhoods
  5. Two free Neighbours Day lawn signs to assist with promotion;
  6. And two Neighbours Day t-shirts for event leads/volunteers.

“We are encouraging every ‘Host your own Event’ Neighbours Day lead to register their event with us, so we can help promote what’s happening in their neighbourhood, and connect them to resources that are available to make their event a success,“ said Marla Pender, Neighbours Day event co-chair. “We are really looking to reduce barriers for neighbourhood groups that want to host events like this, and this type of support is a great start,” added Neighbours Day co-chair, Jennifer Stagg-Schaefer.

The submission deadline for Neighbours Day HYOE registration is May 14, but residents and businesses are encouraged to register early, as only 20 gift certificates will be available for qualified registrants.

“Neighbours Day is a great opportunity for community members to get involved and support the #lovemyhood initiative through social events like this,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “This fun-filled day is such a great and enjoyable way for people of all ages, and the more activities that are available, the stronger knit our community becomes as a result.”

Community centres across the city will continue to provide free fun activities throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy.

Individuals and organizations interested in registering to ‘Host your own Event’ are encouraged to visit www.kitchener.ca/HYOE to learn about eligibility requirements and how to register, or to visit www.kitchener.ca/neighboursday to learn more about Neighbours Day in Kitchener. You can also email the Neighbours Day team at neighboursday@kitchener.ca, or contact a community centre to learn how to can get involved!

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