The results 

On April 6th, for every 1000 steps you take, I’ll pick up a bag of garbage.
I'll have until April 22nd (Earth Day) to pick it all up. 

Results video for the mask count. Yikes!

At the end of this one minute video, you'll see how many masks were picked up within a one block radius that holds a school and park. Last October I picked up 65 masks from this same location. How many do you think I picked up this time?

I wish the masks weren't there in the first place. But they are. And the loose ones (along with other throw-aways) are the ones that can get tangled around wildlife.

But you know what? It feels good to go out with a small bag, gloves and tongs and remove garbage. It's a form of meditation because you become focused on looking for the next piece to pick up and place in your bag.

Sometimes as people walked by, they would say, "Merci" or "Thank you". It's a small act that can have a ripple effect.

A deeply sincere thank you for your participation.


Steps for your health and our Earth. 

"Change your walk, change your life."

Learn common mistakes we make while walking and how making some simple changes will make a huge difference to how you feel when you're walking.

Learn more here

The results for April 6th are in!

We collectively reached 199,297 steps!
So lets round that up and make it 200 bags of garbage to pick up by April 22nd for Earth Day!

Check garbage bag status here:

Will we reach 200 bags picked by April 22nd?

We reached:

100 bags

Although it was only half the goal it's still 100 bags of litter cleaned up! But did you see the mask count video? And that was only the masks picked up from one area. So even more than that were picked up. 

Here's what's been happening:
Count your steps on April 6th for "National Walking Day" and for every 1000 steps collectively taken, I’ll pick up a bag of garbage.
The more steps you take, the more litter will be removed from sidewalks, parks, shores and forests.


Hi, I'm Wendy Williams and I promote health and wellness through three of my favourite things; tai chi, walking and nature.

Join me for National Walking Day and Earth Day this April, 2022!

Here's how it works: 

  • Register for this event. It’s free!

  • On April 6, count your steps until 6:00 p.m. then submit your total.

  • That evening, join the live zoom at 8:30 p.m. as we calculate the group total to see how many bags of garbage I'll need to collect. 

  • On Friday, April 22 join me for the Earth Day zoom at 8:30 p.m. to see if I was able to complete the task along with a guessing game about the contents collected. 

How many masks did I pick up?

Here's the story that prompted me to create this event....


  • I want to participate but I don’t have a step tracker.
    • There are some easy options here. There may already be an app on your cell phone.

      An easy way to count your steps is to set a timer for one minute and see how many steps you get. That would at least give you an average. So if you get 80 steps in a minute, you’d know that’s about 1,600 steps in a 20-minute walk.  

      You could also consider an inexpensive clip-on pedometer or maybe it’s time to treat yourself to Fitbit or similar device. 

  • I don’t think I can get many (or any) steps. Should I still register?
    • Yes. Every step counts and your steps will be part of the grand tally. If you have never used a step counter, you will be surprised at how many steps you naturally get in a day. 

      If you are unable to walk, please contact me and we will come up with an equivalent way of calculating steps. For example, if you are in a wheelchair, 15 minutes of motion would equal 1000 steps. 

  • What counts as a bag of garbage?
    • I’ll use grocery bags. So if the group total is 60,000 steps, I’ll continue picking garbage until I fill 60 grocery bags. If the group total is 120,000 steps that’s 120 bags. If it's 300,000 steps... yikes, I might need some help!

  • Do you want help with picking up garbage?
    • I would love help and will probably need it! And that means more garbage picked up in more areas so, yes! 

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