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Annual day of giving at Garry Point July 8

Don Fennell   Jun-29-2017

Run, walk, or bike in support of Richmond charities. Janice Lambert (left), executive director of Richmond Family Place, and Parm Grewal, executive director of Richmond Multicultural Community Services.

Photo by Chung Chow

A local, non-profit agency centered on community is hoping July 8 becomes a day of ongoing solidarity.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, which serves as a hub for volunteering and giving, is introducing Community In Motion to highlight its fundraising campaign for local charities.



“The idea was to put together a fundraiser that reaches across the community,” says Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. “The other part of this event is to encourage people to get in motion.”

Presented in partnership with other community-minded Richmond organizations including sponsor Richmond Children First, the outdoor event from 9 a.m. to noon at Garry Point Park encourages the public to share in a day of living and giving. Walk, run or bike over to the park and make a $1 donation, which will be distributed among the participating charities. The goal is to raise more than $5,000 in total.

Each of the 12 or so charities will have an information booth on site, with information on their programs, services and volunteer opportunities.

Gavsie extends a bouquet to Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives’ general manager Jocelyn Wong, with whom the idea originated.

“Jocelyn has taken the lead from ground zero,” he says, noting her other efforts over the past decade have further helped the agency to grow and move forward.

With summer being an ideal time to get active, organizers of Community In Motion are encouraging participants to walk, run or bike to the park along one of three routes—a one-kilometre stretch, a five-kilometre stretch, and a 10-kilometre stretch—set up around the park and West Dyke Trail. A healthy snack will be awarded to all finishers.

For the little ones, there will be an added bonus: face-painting and a community treasure hunt.

Leading up to the event, an online fundraising campaign will be held with a chance to donate to any of the 11 participating charities.

There is no cost to attend the July 8 event, but organizers request you registering online to assist in planning for the event.

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