English translation: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “Walk for Millions” Fund-Raising Event Was Super Successful
The Event Broke the Historical Record in Terms of the Number of Attendees and Donation Amount
World Journal Vancouver Report
More than 10,000 citizens participated yesterday in the “Walk for Millions” fund-raising event held by the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.). A rough estimation indicated that the event raised over $380,000, breaking the historical record of the “Walk for Millions” events in terms of the number of attendees and the donation amount.
The Lumbermen's Arch of the Stanley Park was crowded with people early yesterday morning. Many people young and old took part in the “Walk for Millions” event with their families. The walking teams that had preregistered also gathered on site and put up their banners. The orderly crowd of 10,000 attendees look striking and spectacular in front of the presiding station.
The guests included three levels of government representatives, over ten well-known individuals in the areas of business and film industry. The 8th “Walk for Millions” celebration has become the largest charity event in local society, especially the Chinese community. The Master of Ceremonies and the Vancouver Mayor Gordon Campbell announced the beginning of the event at 8:45 am. The Canadian national anthem was led by Yue Hua, a film and television celebrity who had just become a Canadian citizen.
Xu Langqiang, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the “Walk for Millions” event, thanked everyone for their enthusiastic support and donations. The teams were led by a golden dragon, and walked around Stanley Park. The colourful flags and banners of the teams were flying above. Seen from the distance, they looked like a colourful dragon.
The walkers ranged from seniors over 80 years old to babies under one (who sat in strollers). Regardless of race, they walked together for seven kilometers. It took an hour and a half to complete the trip.
Lilian To, the executive director of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., said that nearly 500 volunteers helped at the “Walk for Millions” event. Together with more than 90 S.U.C.C.E.S.S staff members and directors participating in the preparatory work, more than 600 people volunteered. The number is unprecedented.
Last year, there were 250 teams with a total of about 6,000 to 7,000 participants. Yesterday, there were more than 500 teams with a total of more than 10,000 people. It broke the previous record in terms of participants. More than one thousand seniors formed a team, staying vigorous even when aged, and they enjoyed the happiness in doing good deeds.
The film and television celebrities from Hong Kong and Taiwan who participated in the event included Yue Hua, Tian Ni, Shi Xiu, Jiang Dawei, Li Linlin, Ge Xiaobao, etc. The Hong Kong idol singer Chen Huixian came from New York to sing for the conference. Other performances included a dragon dance, lion dance, kung fu and folk dances.
Dr. Wen Jiangong, a candidate for the Conservative Senator election in the Southern district of Vancouver, took forty minutes to complete the whole trip and became the first one to return to the ending – the Lumbermen's Arch. He ran through the whole trip.
Wen Jiangong is one of the organizers of the first “Walk for Millions” event. He believes that it is one of the largest and most successful fund-raising events in the Lower Mainland, especially since they cooperate with the local United Way foundation. It makes mainstream Canadian society look at the Chinese community with fresh eyes. It is the glory of the Chinese community.
According to preliminary results of the count, the event this year raised a total of $371,240. Plus the value of the car, the prize donated by the winner of the "Walk for Millions” Super Awards, the event raised a total of more than $380,000, breaking the record of $370,000 in the past years. It also exceeded the original target of $366,800 made this year.
Guan Yuansheng, chairman of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., said that the government's annual allocation to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. can only cover 65 percent of its annual expenditure. Therefore, the donations they receive annually from the “Walk for Millions” event will be really helpful for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to better serve the community. He thanked the community for their support.
(See another relevant article and photos in the B1 and B2 sections.)
[Photo]: The golden dragon led the walker teams to complete the seven-kilometer trip, leaping into the venue.