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Drivers reminded of 4-H annual highway cleanup campaign this weekend

Manitoba will benefit from an annual clean up led by 4-H members this weekend and the provincial government is asking drivers to take extra caution, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Young Manitobans will be hard at work this weekend, resulting in a cleaner landscape we can all enjoy,” said Eichler.  “We are proud to continue this important partnership with 4-H clubs across the province for another year and thank them for their commitment to our province.”

The provincewide campaign will take place Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.  Safety is of utmost importance so all participants will be wearing a safety vest and areas being cleaned will be marked with safety signs.  Adult volunteers are involved to provide supervision.  Manitobans are asked to be alert and use caution when passing 4-H highway clean up crews.

“Community leadership is a cornerstone of 4-H,” said Schuler.  “All motorists, cyclists and ATV drivers are encouraged to use extra caution this weekend and be on the lookout for 4-H crews while they’re working.”

The Manitoba government pays 4-H clubs for every kilometre of roadway cleaned.  Last year, more than 400 volunteers cleaned 264 kilometres of roadsides and ditches, collecting 863 bags of trash.  Recyclable bottles and cans were also delivered to appropriate locations.  Participating clubs earned $6,745 to support their programs.

“Our 4-H members and leaders are proud of their community service efforts around Manitoba, including the annual highway cleanup campaign,” said Clayton Robins, executive director, Manitoba 4-H Council.  “The clubs involved appreciate the Agriculture and Infrastructure departments’ ongoing support of this campaign.”

In case of rain, the alternate date for the cleanup campaign is June 2.

For more information on Manitoba’s agricultural programs and services, follow the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/MBGovAg.  For the most recent information on road conditions or highway safety, visit www.manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.

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