El Monte, CA, July 25, 2019 – On Thursday, July 25th, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi USA, hosted a press conference to call for the general public to register and for sponsors and exhibitors to join us for our first ever charity walk. It took place from 11 AM-12 PM PST at the San Gabriel Valley Service Center 9620 Flair Drive in El Monte, CA, and featured speakers including Deputy District Director from San Gabriel Valley Field Office Andrea Moreno, Tzu Chi USA CEO Dr. Han Huang, and Tzu Chi USA Vice CEO Jackson Chen.
Called “Steps for the Earth”, the walk is intended to bring awareness to environmental degradation and encourage the global community, including each one of us, to take actionable steps on an individual level to combat it, such as transitioning to a vegetarian diet and opting for greener ways to travel. We also call upon previous care recipients of the Tzu Chi Foundation to attend.
As the frequency of natural disasters continues to increase throughout the world, the imminent threat of climate change becomes more clear. And, for Tzu Chi USA, it is one of our organization’s missions to uphold environmental protection and respect for the planet and communities in which we all live.
The walk itself is set to take place on Saturday, August 17th, from 4-9 PM, at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, located at 751 S Santa Anita Avenue in South El Monte. We anticipate 2,000 registrants to come and join us. Participants may register here.
While we currently have a number of diverse vegetarian food vendors and exhibitors among us, including Original Herbivore, Falasophy and MYO Sushi, we are calling on more local businesses with a focus on sustainability and vegetarianism to showcase their foods and their goods to our attendees. Exhibitor and food vendor applications and guidelines may be found here.
We are also currently sponsored by Condor Outdoor Products and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis Office Representative, the latter of which will make an appearance to speak at our press conference. Sponsorship opportunities exist at many levels with many perks; for more info, visit https://tzuchi.us/donate/cause/hqwalk.
At the Walk itself, we will have a mini-concert featuring California musician Skip Culton, a Camp Fire survivor and former Tzu Chi USA care recipient, who will share his story of recovery and perform his originally composed song, “Another Prayer for Paradise.”
About Tzu Chi USA
Tzu Chi USA is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medicine, education and humanistic culture at its heart. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 99 countries since 1966. In USA, Tzu Chi has provided care and support after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, the Louisiana floods, Hurricane Sandy, 9/11 and more on-going relief efforts domestically and internationally.
CONTACT: Sabrina Ho Sabrina_ho@tzuchi.us 626-999-6150