Events – A WALK FOR THE RICE REASON! April 11, 2013
Have-A-Rice-Day on April 11, in recognition of World Health Day (April 7). Walk for the Rice Reason is Hunger Response Int.'s Annual Walk to raise awareness about global hunger and support for local and global needs. Come out and join us! It's a 10K walk, but feel free to do as many laps as you can!
“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!
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 2013 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.
WHAT: Skip your after school snack and/or your dinner and walk 10 km around the lake. When you’re finished, enjoy a bowl of rice that has been prepared by the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club.
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Check-in time and warm up time is 3:00 p.m. Rally begins at 3:30 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 if preferred.
COST: An unopened bag of rice – Plus:
INDIVIDUAL RATE: $25.00 per person
STUDENTS: $15.00 per person
FAMILY RATE: (3+) is $60.00
TEAM RATE (5+) is $100.00 plus rice
Please don’t forget to bring your bag of rice along to support the local food bank.
Special registration rate for students! This walk begins when school ends…3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Come out and show your support for the hungry! (A great warm-up walk/run for those bigger events coming in May and June!)
- Download the registration form to fill in.
- Scan and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay on-line via PayPal
- download and fill in registration form
- Mail form and your cheque for registration fee to: Hunger Response International, The Walk For the Rice Reason, PO Box 2514, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R3
Forms: Click on the highlighted form to view and download.
- Registration Form 2013 – everyone needs to fill in one of these.
- Team Registration – For teams only – one person submits this form to send in along with each team member’s registration form and payment.
- Pledge Form – everyone is encouraged to collect pledges for every lap you walk. Collecting pledges is part of the TEAM registration fee.
- Brochure and Pledge Form – to help you share about the purpose of the WALK while you collect pledges.
Pre-registration guarantees you a Walk For the Rice Reason Arm Band and a speedier process to begin your walk.
For more information about this walk or about Hunger Response International, please call 604-850-5891 or email email@example.com
Walk For the Rice Reason, 2013 is sponsored by:
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!
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!!
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.