FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
County of Los Angeles, Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2019 – The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will host the inaugural Tzu Chi USA Walk: ’Steps for the Earth,’ a new community event sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. With the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters globally, an urgent need to address disaster preparedness for vulnerable communities has arisen. By raising awareness of sustainable living, the Tzu Chi USA walk aims to safeguard the environment and reduce the risk of such disasters.
As an advocate of environmental justice and equity, Supervisor Solis will attend Steps for the Earth to represent the First District the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
To support Tzu Chi USA’s disaster relief missions and protect Mother Earth, the Tzu Chi USA Walk will unite the LA community to take small steps together which will have a tremendous impact. The walk will feature a delicious vegetarian food fair, several live performances, interactive exhibits, a candlelight prayer ceremony, and much more. Join us on August 17, 2019, from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, 751 S Santa Anita Ave. South El Monte, CA 91733. For further information, please visit https://tzuchi.us/walkla.
The walk will also provide survivors and previous aid recipients with a place to connect with the community, to cherish the compassion they have experienced, and to give back to others in need. Former aid recipient and California Camp Fire survivor, musician Steven Culton — also known as Skip Culton — will perform at the event in honor of this shared compassion.
When the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire spread throughout California communities, Tzu Chi’s relief missions brought nearly $4.8 million in emergency financial aid to benefit nearly 8,500 families. Through Tzu Chi’s compassionate efforts, hope was restored for impacted residents, including Skip Culton. Inspired by this universal love, Skip composed the song “Another Prayer for Paradise.”
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will continue to advocate for environmental awareness honorably alongside Supervisor Solis.
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 core. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 99 countries since 1966. In the 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 both domestically and internationally.
About Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
Hilda L. Solis is a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and USC, Supervisor Solis has served on the Rio Hondo Community College Board, in the State Assembly and State Senate, and in the House of Representatives. Prior to becoming Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama, the first Latina to ever serve in the Presidential Cabinet. Today, Supervisor Solis represents the San Gabriel Valley, Northeast, Southeast, and East LA as the Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District.