716 VEGRUN Completion Event

July 16, 2022

Warmest Greetings from the Prime Minister of Canada

2022 Global Veggie-Revival Community VEGRUN has officially concluded in North America on July 16th. In Toronto, over 260 runners participated in the “716 VEGRUN Completion Event” at Streetsville Memorial Park and completed more than 500 km together.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a special letter affirming the VEGRUN event, jointly organized by BLIA and iPureGreen Foundation, as an extraordinary charitable initiative which helps raise people’s awareness regarding sustainable development and environmental protection.  

Venerable Chueh Fan thanked all the VEGRUN North America participants,and said, "Since the VEGRUN event started on June 18th, the month-long event not only strengthened our physical health but also brought happiness and satisfaction to our minds. At the same time, it provided financial support and boosted the spirits of the community. VEGRUN is a global relay initiative. Although today marked the completion of the event in North America, it does not mean it is the end. Oceania will continue to carry on the torch forward in Australia and New Zealand. Let’s run together for the world and continue to support our communities. With our faith, may our dedications also passing on from generation to generation.” 

MP Rechie Valdez admired that this event promoted sustainable economic development through vegetarianism, mutually beneficial economic growth and environmental protection. She also thanked the members of the BLIA Toronto Chapter for their contributions to the community, charity and public service over the years. 

Mayor Crombie said, "Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto's dedication and care towards humanities, education and charity is truly impressive. She especially thanked the Temple and Fo Guang people for supporting the Mississauga Food Bank. On behalf of the food bank, Kimberley Soulière thanked Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and the BLIA Toronto Chapter for their partnership and donations in the past three years. It helps a great number of families in need. 

BLIA Toronto president Mabel Lam encouraged everyone to continue to run for health, happiness, love, environment and charity.

 ~ By Irene Chai