On Sunday, September 18, the 25th annual Ismaili Walk took place at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. Participants celebrated this milestone event in some great weather, alive with the spirit of service and caring for the community. British Columbians from across Vancouver attended the Walk, raising over $320,000. Over the past 2 years, the Ismaili Walk has raised over $550,000 to improve mental health care in our communities.
The 25th Annual Ismaili Walk featured a full day of live entertainment, delicious meals, and activities for the entire family. Since its’ inception in 1992, the Ismaili Walk has become one of the city’s favourite family events, and thanks to the support and commitment of its partners, donors, and many thousands of volunteers, has raised over $4.8 million to support local initiatives.
The Ismaili Walk was founded in 1992 by the Ismaili Muslim Community of BC to raise awareness and funds that further the mandate of partner organizations. This year, the Walk has partnered with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC, to raise awareness and funds to support their efforts in providing vital mental health resources in the community.
Since its inception, the event has raised over $4.25 million in support of local community organizations including hospitals, food banks, the Vancouver Public Library, Simon Fraser University, Habitat for Humanity, the Crisis Center of Greater Vancouver, United Way, the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Cause We Care House.
“Mental Illness is something that impacts everyone in our community, and we are delighted to further the work of our partners to improve the quality of mental health care in our Province.”
Samir Manji, President, Ismaili Council for British Columbia.