Fundraiser Event Supporting the Family Navigation Project

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year Sunnybrook Hospital has changed their annual "Family Navigation Project" fundraiser to a virtual “new normal” format. The first and second North York BLIA sub-chapters of BLIA have supported this event for the past three years, and this year they successfully raised CAD $3,600. The funds are used to help youths with mental illness as well as their families.

On October 10th, thirteen members of North York sub-chapter, complying with social distancing guidelines, held a 5 kilometer walk at German Mills Meadow & Natural Habitat, a week in advance of the global event. One week later, on October 17, the North York sub-chapter, led by advisor Candy Huang, organized an online call with 40 members to officially launch the event. The North York sub-chapter was one of 1,000 charitable organizations participating.

Venerable Ru Xing, the advising venerable of the sub-chapter, was invited to give an opening speech, in which she thanked all online supporters and participants and stressed the main point of the relationship between Fo Guang Shang Temple and BLIA by saying, "Fo Guang Shan Temple and BLIA are like two wings of a bird. The interrelationship is inseparable in between the Sangha and disciples, and they should support and help each other in order to achieve success in the Bodhi path."