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Monday, 24 December 2012


    This Christmas Eve was unlike no other Christmas Eve for both myself and the Town of Oxford, NS. The first of its kind outside of Antigonish, WE MOVE THIS TOWN was a successful event for our town of Oxford.
     A total of eighty-four people came out at 12 noon during the busy day before Christmas, to invest in the movement of the community, each other and more importantly, themselves. WE MOVE THIS TOWN promotes free, organized, social, inclusive physical activity for everyone regardless of experience or athletic ability. Whether you wheel, bike, run, walk or jog it is a time set aside for the community to MOVE together. There is no better time to do this than this time of year when families are often together and we have some extra down time to do some extra activities.  
    The Oxford MOVEMENT started with Town Mayor Tricia Stewart providing us with an awesome dance warm up to “I’ve Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. She brought the energy to a whole new level! Following the warm-up, we ventured outside to brave the cold for a group photo and our walk/jog movement. Led by Oxford runner Alexa Thompson, the running group of around 12 people detached and set off to run the 5K town loop.
    The remaining participants, which included puppies, young children, older adults, family and friends of all ages set off on the walk. The walking route was about 3.5 KM combined with numerous smiles, high fives, socializing and conversation surrounding the event and discussion about both the reason and motivation behind attending this event.
    Following the MOVEMENT, we all assembled back at the Oxford Lions Center for some hot beverages generously provided by the Oxford Tim Hortons. In addition to all the participants who came out to our WE MOVE THIS TOWN EVENT, we would also like to thank the Oxford Tim Hortons for the beverages and for donating a gift basket, and to thank Ross Screenprint of Antigonish for donating water bottles for prizes! 
    It was a huge success to see people moving, smiling and enjoying their time together actively committing themselves to MOVEMENT within this community. People traveled from as far away as Montreal, Halifax, and northern New Brunswick to see what all the buzz was about WE MOVE THIS TOWN.  A huge thank you goes out to the numerous volunteers who helped make this event possible AND a success! 
WE MOVE THIS TOWN: OXFORD will definitely be a stopping spot again as we approach the New Year with new MOVEMENT opportunities in the works! In the meantime, make sure to MOVE daily, encourage others to MOVE, and keep informed by joining, liking and sharing the WE MOVE THIS TOWN Facebook page, and visiting for up-to-date MOVEMENT activities and MOVEMENT information!

Ryan Fahey

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