Christopher Edwards NRVT Groundbreaking Speech, given Nov. 7, 2013.
Copyright © Nov. 2013, 2014
- Chris Edwards speaks at the Groundbreaking of the Wilton Loop on Nov. 7, 2013 before an audience of forty on Gaylord Drive North in Wilton, CT. Photo Courtesy of Good Morning Wilton.
Thank you all for coming out today. Today is a great day in the history of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The Groundbreaking of the Wilton Loop is for me a monumental moment.
We are picking up energy but we are still fundraising to get the project done. We all have a social responsibly to improve our community. That’s how our society works, we help one another in more ways then we can count. When you donate to the NRVT you can help yourself, your family, your neighbors, your club members and the economy of this town.
Wilton has a lot going for it. We have hundreds of businesses. As a socially responsible businessperson, I’m thinking about those businesses today.
What can they do to highlight their social responsibility to Wilton’s tens of thousands of residents and workers?
NRVT is focused on them; we need their help because we have not met our funding goals. I need each and every one of you to ask yourself, your businesses and your partners, “What have we done for The Loop?”
The students at Wilton’s schools do not have the voice I’ve been given today, but I can tell you about the fun I’ve had on trails in Wilton. I have enjoyed hundreds of hours in the woods on trails just like the one we are groundbreaking today. These local trails are the bridges to the great nature in our own backyards.
I encourage you to walk on our town’s trails with friends and family because these treks will be unlike any other social bonding.
When you enhance social bonds, you strengthen your community. A gift today will improve the lives of everyone in town, for decades to come but starting day one, starting today.
We all know there is a multiplier effect to networking, and the time children spend social networking is growing by the day. I prefer that social networking take place right here in The Loop and not entirely online, at school and at home.
Everyone needs to recognize the effect on the town and our society when we raise the funds to build the Loop. There will be improvements in community wellness, economic benefits that will affect all of us, a truly new innovative trail to attract people to town and more productivity out of land.
We all want to live happier and healthier lives; this trail will help make our community happier and healthier. I hope you can help make that happen.
Until we’ve fully funded the Wilton Loop and completed phase 1 of the NRVT we have not accomplished our social responsibility to our town. Take this chance to show off our natural beauty, to the region and draw in more homeowners, more businesses, more talented students and professionals.
Any donation is a benefit. Consider your contribution an investment in the growing interest of young people in national and international environmental issues.
A lot of us have done yoga or meditated, a lot of us have walked through the woods with a spouse, partners or friends; these are things that feel good. Donating money to The Friends of the NRVT is something that feels good too.
Please grant us a gift today and be socially responsible to our community. Please don’t hesitate or sit on the fence. Seize this opportunity to benefit all of us. Make out your tax deductible checks to “The Friends of the NRVT” and support social responsibility in our town.
In conclusion I want to thank my team, the whole NRVT, my parents, my family, my mentors and my friends. My speech is also available on my website at TryChris.com. T-R-Y Chris.com. Thank you.
- Left to Right: Chris Edwards, Redding, CT First Selectman Natalie Ketcham, Ridgefield, CT First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan, Wilton Environmental Affairs Director Pat Sesto, Connecticut State Rep. Gail Lavielle and Connecticut State Senator Toni Boucher. Photo Courtesy of Good Morning Wilton.