Hundreds of young people clean up Surrey

Calgary, AB. June 7, 2010 - Churches from across the Greater Vancouver Area partnered with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) to clean up Surrey last weekend. About 375 young people worked with the Surrey parks and engineering departments to improve parks around the area and talk up Rock the River Tour West, an August youth festival in Cloverdale.

The Community Action Projects (CAP) aimed to show Christian concern for Vancouver residents and their neighborhoods, and help young people understand the value of service work. In addition to improving public spaces, they served many single-parent families, elderly, and disabled people who are unable to clean up their yards, fix fences, or paint. Youth also worked at the Surrey Urban Mission Centre, to beautify the area and do minor repairs.

"The kids found it inspiring to do something not just for themselves, but for others," said Jay Anderson, organizer of CAP for the BGEAC. "Their excitement was contagious and we heard some fantastic things from the youth about how good it felt to serve their community. Also, the residents truly appreciated the work they did and thanked us for coming out."

These projects were a lead-up to Rock the River Tour West, a youth festival where thousands of people will rock with popular bands and hear messages of Christian hope from Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham. Further Community Action Projects are planned for the last week in June.

Rock the River Tour West is making several stops in Western Canada: August 7 at the Millennium Park in Cloverdale; August 21 at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary; and August 28 at Telus Field in Edmonton.

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is well-known for the powerful evangelism and outreach ministry of our founder, Billy Graham. His mission is our mission: Proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to all we can by every effective means available to us, and equipping others to do the same.



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