In August 2021, BAPS Charities Canada held its annual walk/run in 57 cities and towns across the country. Unlike past walks, this year’s event was a virtual one due to COVID-19 safety considerations for participants and volunteers.
Building from 2020 and continuing its tradition of supporting global and community causes, this year’s walk/run supported the William Osler Health System Foundation, CNIB Foundation, Scarborough Health Network Foundation and Victoria General Hospital Foundation.
Communities that have a sense of shared responsibility have a greater power to provide help and assist those in need. Year after year, BAPS Charities’ walks and events remind us that by uniting in the spirit of service to others, we can all go further. More than 700 families registered from across Canada for this year’s In The Joy Of Others Walk | Run. People of all ages took part, from 5-year-old first-time walkers to senior citizens. The event format allowed participants to achieve their steps in a manner they felt comfortable and safe. It gave families a noteworthy reason to get out and do something together, all the while bringing attention to a good cause. More than 2,000 participants logged over 25 million steps across Canada. Across North America this year, more than 11,000 walkers joined the virtual event to take over 200 million steps, together.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people coming together virtually to help the community”, said Yogesh Patel, President, BAPS Charities Canada. “We are thankful to the youth volunteers of BAPS Charities for organizing this unique virtual event and for encouraging everyone to spread the word through social media.”
Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, BAPS Charities remains committed to supporting individuals, families and communities.