‘Walk with Dragon’ marks 30th year
One of Vancouver’s iconic annual fundraising events, “Walk with the Dragon”, celebrates its 30th year at Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park on July 19.
Over 10,000 participants took part in this year’s walk, and the event raised a total of $400,180 Canadian dollars.
The money will be used for the continuance and enhancement of important social services at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for the Metro Vancouver communities.
The event o r g a n i z e r, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, is a charitable foundation responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. — one of BC’s largest social service agencies — and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates for the betterment of the community and the well-being of local Chinese immigrants.
“Since the event’s inauguration in 1986, over 12 million dollars have been raised to provide appropriate services and programs to support the betterment of the community. This includes the vulnerable population of seniors and youth,” said Sing Lim Yeo, chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.
This year’s proceeds will cover areas include senior health, youth leadership, community establishment and family counselling services for new Canadians, these will help to fill the gaps of provincial and federal funding.
Every year, “Walk with the Dragon” garners the staunch support of government officials and prominent community leaders. Leading the pack this year are BC Premier Christy Clark and Canada’s Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney.
The event began by waking up the 100-foot long robust S.U.C.C.E.S.S. dragon from its yearlong hibernation in a symbolic Dragon Eye-Dotting Ceremony by Premier Christy Clark, which “gives life” to the dragon according to Chinese folklore.
Once the dragon was awakened, it led an entourage of participants, including over 300 teams, on the 7-km sojourn around the Stanley Park seawall.
“From a gathering of a couple of hundred participants to today’s attendance of 12,000, the most significant change of ‘Walk with the Dragon’ is the faces of our supporters, said Bill Lau and Johnny Tsang, co-chairs of the 2015 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “Walk with the Dragon”.
“The event was at first predominantly attended by ChineseCanadians, and it now mirrors the diverse cultures of Canada. This year’s Walk celebrates and embraces multiculturalism, and our performers include Latin, Philippine, Japanese and Korean,” Lau and Tsang added.
BC Premier Christy Clark interacts with a child during the dragon eye-dotting ceremony at the 30th S.U.C.C.E.S.S “Walk with the Dragon” fundraising event on July 19 in Vancouver.