April 28, 2009 07:00 ET

WWF-Canada Announces Earth Hour Contest Winner

Earth Hour participant wins a trip to Churchill to see why it's important each of us take action to help fight climate change everyday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - Today, one month after Earth Hour, WWF-Canada announced Wanda Hall as the winner of the Earth Hour Contest to win a trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba to see first-hand the effects of climate change.

On March 28, more than 4,000 cities globally, and more than 10 million Canadians from coast-to-coast participated in Earth Hour. As an incentive to encourage people to sign-up for Earth Hour, WWF-Canada ran a contest for on-line registrants for Earth Hour, with the prize of a trip for two to Churchill - the polar bear capital of the world. Currently, there are less than 25,000 polar bears left in the wild. Canada's arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet. In the past 30 years, 25 per cent of Arctic sea ice has disappeared, pushing the bears to the brink of survival.

Ms. Hall has won a three-night trip to Churchill Manitoba courtesy of Frontiers North Adventures and airfare courtesy of Sears Travel. Led by an expert guide, this adventure includes two full days on the tundra viewing and photographing polar bears and other wildlife, such as arctic fox, hare, and ptarmigan from a world famous Tundra Buggy(C).

"Visiting Churchill has been on my list of places to see for some time because I love polar bears," says trip winner, Wanda Hall. "With the effects of climate change pushing these majestic animals to the brink of extinction it makes me sad to think future generations, might never have a chance to see them in their natural habitat. I am so excited and hope I can use my experience to encourage others to do more for the planet."

About WWF

WWF-Canada is part of WWF - the global conservation organization. Founded in 1967, WWF-Canada has become one of the country's leading conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 100,000 Canadians. WWF-Canada works to save nature by conserving species and protecting their habitats; by ensuring our use of natural resources is sustainable, and by helping individuals, companies and governments reduce pollution. For more information, visit wwf.ca.

About Frontiers North Adventures

Frontiers North Adventures is the premier provider of exciting wildlife programs to Canada's north. Their most popular adventure is experiencing the polar bears of Churchill from the world famous Tundra Buggy(R). Frontiers North Adventures hosts guests in some of the world's most remote and fragile locations. They work hard to tread as lightly as possible all the way from their head office in Winnipeg to the tundra meadows north of the 70th parallel. Learn more.

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca

(C) 1986 Panda symbol WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature (also known as World Wildlife Fund)

(R) "WWF" and "living planet" are WWF Registered Trademarks

Contact Information

  • WWF-Canada
    Tara Wood
    Manager, Public Relations and Earth Hour Canada
    416-407-0775 or Cell: 416-407-0775