Events – A WALK FOR THE RICE REASON! April 5, 2014

Purpose: To raise awareness about the lack nutritious food  millions of people struggle with daily and its effects on their health. To raise support for people in our 2014 global projects and the ongoing work of Hunger Response International. This walk acknowledges the distance many women and children have to walk daily for food, water and for fuel to cook their food upon.

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors


Thanks to the sponsorship of Abbotsford’s Save-On-Foods Stores, a bag of rice will be donated to the Abbotsford Food Bank for every walk participant!

WHAT: Come and walk, run, stroll or roll around beautiful Mill Lake in Abbotsford. You can do a single 2k lap, or: two laps with a loop for a 5 k or 5 laps for 10 k. When you’re finished, enjoy a warm bowl of rice that has been prepared by the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club.


Saturday, April 5, 2014 - from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Check-in time and warm up time is 12:30p.m. Rally begins at 1:00 p.m. * Latest start time is 6:00 pm.

WHERE: Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford B.C. – Mill Lake Rd. Entrance (Rain or Shine). Participants will walk or run approx. 10 km around the lake (this works out to be about 5x around). You can also choose to do a  shorter, 5 km walk or 2 km walk if preferred.


INDIVIDUAL RATE: $25.00 per person OR $100 in pledges


FAMILY RATE:  (3+) is $60.00

TEAM RATE (5+) is $100.00 PLUS pledges

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download and fill in registration form 2014 Registration Form

Mail form along with your cheque for registration fee to: Hunger Response International, The Walk For the Rice Reason, PO Box 2514, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R3

TEAM UP: Get your friends together and team up to help a lot more people and have a lot more fun!! Pledge forms are available. Your team can register at the Team rate – $100 plus rice (5+) Be sure to wear your t-shirts or your colours! Mascots are welcome!

Forms: Click on the highlighted form to view and download.

2014 Registration Form – everyone needs to fill in one of these either on-line or download and mail in.

Team Registration2014 – For teams only – one person submits this form to send in along with each team member’s registration form and payment.

  1. Pledge Form

    Pledge Form

    Brochure and Pledge Form rev. everyone is encouraged to collect pledges for every lap you walk. Collecting pledges is part of the

For more information about this walk or about Hunger Response International, please call 604-850-5891604-308-1391 or email

Finish Line

Walk Armband

A Family-Friendly Walk
Water for the Walkers – sponsored by Alderbrook Community Church

The 2014 Walk For the Rice Reason is sponsored by: Radio Stations Star FM and Country 107.1

along with the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club and Save-On-Foods, Abbotsford Stores.

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors

“A Walk for the Rice Reason” acknowledges that rice is a very important food item. Being versatile and nutritious it is the most consumed food item in the world. Yes, more than one half of the people in the world depend upon rice for their health and survival. In some countries, people spend 1/2 to 3/4 of their incomes on rice and only rice! Each year on April 7th, the world celebrates World Health Day. On this day around the globe people focus on heath and well being. In response to the millions of people who are malnourished and do not get sufficient nutrients from their food or have weakened bodies because of lack of food, Hunger Response International has identified this global observance day as one of our seven Have-A-Rice-Days. We invite you to help us raise awareness and support for our work by participating in our third annual walk –  a Walk for the Rice Reason!


The 2013 Walk For the Rice Reason Was a Success!

Walk For the Rice Reason, 2013 is sponsored by:

Country 107.1 Radio Station

Radio Station Star 98.3

The 2011 First Annual Walk for the Rice Reason: THANK YOU!!

We would like to take an opportunity to say thank you all the people who came out and participated in or helped out in making Hunger Response International’s first Walk for the Rice Reason a great success last week on World Health Day. Together, we numbered approximately 60 walkers and we raised $2.500 for the ongoing work of HRI and for the Rice Raiser Campaign Global Projects. It’s a Great Beginning for this first ever Walk, plus, we created more awareness within our community about both local and world hunger. It was a nice way to introduce our Have A Rice Day Movement, too!

Its a great encouragement to have others come along side a vision and help turn it into a reality that impacts others. We’d like to thank the businesses and groups who helped make the event unique and well done:
Abbotsford Save-On-Foods (Sumas Way) – Such a great sponsor and supporter of Hunger Response Int.
thanks for supplying the water, rice, and oranges!!

Abbotsford Kiwanis Club—thanks for cooking and serving up the rice!

Kiwanis memeber and Yale Secondary School teacher, Ann Penner serves up a bowl of rice to walk participants helping everyone Have A Rice Day!

Abbotsford Running Room—thanks for the walk participant bibs and the good advice!
Good Life Fitness—thanks for the warm-up exercises
Abbotsford Collegiate Drum Line—thanks for bringing excitement and setting the beat for our walk.
Abbotsford News—thanks for helping us get the word out!
Hub Barton Insurance and Abbotsford Parks and Rec.– thanks for the loan of your tents!
Abbotsford Food Bank—thanks for being on hand to receive the rice that participants donated.
Menno Travel – thanks for putting out the challenge to other businesses to cover the wage of employees work time so that they could come and participate!! Way to go Menno Travel and employees!
Volunteers—teachers and students from Chief Dan George Middle School, Abbotsford Christian Middle School, Columbia Bible College and other individuals who helped!!

April and Stephanie encourage walk participants

With the success of this year’s walk, we are set to turn this into an annual event for which we see a lot of possibilities in the coming years. Next year, we’ll be there…April 12th – same place.