This project began on August 8th when we received a message from Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi saying:
Please bring forth a heart of generosity and compassion and support Buddhist Global Relief's "Walk to Feed the Hungry" on Sept. 10th, 2011. In New York the walk is at Riverside Park. There will also be a walk in Michigan, at Kensington Park near Ann Arbor. But whether or not you can attend, please donate, and donate generously. The walk is one of our annual fundraising events, so much depends on your generosity. See our website and the link below for details.
With thanks and blessings,
Taking Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi's request to heart and seeing that there was no walk scheduled for the Bay Area, we made a clear and quick decision to create an event, even though the preparation time was short, and to simply do what we could do. We never imagined the results that were to come about.
More than 200 people participated in the walk, collecting over $27,000 in donations and more is still coming in. More than $1500 was collected on site and, at this writing, $25,677 on-line from more than 400 donors, bringing the total to over $27,000. There is no way to express the depth of gratitude that we feel for everyone's participation and generosity.