‘Walk with Dragon’ marks 30th year

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By EILEEN LAO and in Van­cou­ver For China Daily MAYA LIU

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.

DANWEI BU / FOR CHINA DAILY

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.

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