“Steps for the Earth” Walk Press Release

National Headquarters  |  August 19, 2019

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:

Tzu Chi Foundation
Sabrina Ho
626-999-6150
Sabrina_ho@tzuchi.us

Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
County of Los Angeles, Board of Supervisors 
Michael Kapp 
213-974-4111
MKapp@bos.lacounty.gov

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.

I encourage all Los Angeles County residents to join Tzu Chi USA for their inaugural ‘Steps for the Earth’ walk this Saturday at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. I am proud to support this event to demonstrate my commitment to a greener Earth and more resilient and sustainable communities. This family-friendly event will be a fun reminder of our collective responsibility to our planet, and to each other.

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

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.

We only have one Mother Earth and we need to protect our environment to be greener for the future. As disasters occur more frequently, it's our responsibility to protect Mother Earth for the next generation.

Han Huang, CEO of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

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.”

I was incredibly honored to work with the Tzu Chi Foundation on the music video for my Camp Fire song, ‘Another Prayer For Paradise.’ They played such a huge role in helping our community after the wildfire that destroyed our town on Nov. 8, 2018. I’m so happy to play some music at this great event as we continue working to spread a message of hope and healing for not only CA wildfire survivors, but for our planet as a whole.

Skip Culton, musician and California Camp Fire survivor

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.

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