“Mon Sheong Fun Run & Walk 2023” Fundraising for the Construction of Two Mon Sheong New Long Term Care Centers Richmond

Richmond Hill, ON, June 17, 2023 Mon Sheong Foundation successfully brought together over 300 guests and supporters at Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park for the highly anticipated Mon Sheong Fun Run & Walk 2023. This event marked a significant milestone as the community gradually emerges from the pandemic, embracing a return to normalcy. Accompanied by their families, hundreds of enthusiastic participants joined in, creating a vibrant and joyous atmosphere in support of Mon Sheong’s great cause. Dignitaries from the three levels of government , including Honourable Mary Ng, Minist er of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Honourable Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Mayor David West of the City of Richmond Hill, and Deputy Mayor Michael Chan of the City of Markham , graced the event , showing their support on Mon Sheong’s endeavours . Net proceeds raised from the event will go towards building Mon Sheong’s 320 bed Long Term Care Center in the Markham Senior Care Campus, and a new 224 bed Long Term Care Centre in Stouffville.

Mr. Tim Kwan, Chairman of Mon Sheong Foundation, enthusiastically announced at the 37th Mon Sheong Fun Run & Walk, “We’re delighted to start construction of two new long term care centers late summer , with government support. Both the Mark ham Long Term Care Center and a new Long Term Care Centre in Stouffville are expected to completed by 2026, providing 544 care beds and over 700 jobs. These Homes will help alleviate the waitlist of nearly 8,000 individuals for Mon Sheong care beds. Despit e challenges, we are determined to deliver the best care for our seniors. We sincerely hope for the community’s full support in our fundraising efforts.”

Co chairs Jeffrey Mah and Laurence Liang of Mon Sheong Fun Run & Walk 2023 O rganizing C ommittee were thrilled by the enthusiastic participation of the community, stating, “With the weather becoming warmer and more stable in June, families can come together and enjoy a delightful morning. Embracing the traditional Chinese belief of ‘Respect our elders as w ell as the elders of others,’ we aim to extend this philosophy to others and raise the awareness that many seniors in our community need our care. As we celebrate this Father’s Day weekend and participate in this fundraising event to benefit the elderly an d give back to society, we are making a profound and meaningful impact.

Mr. Garth Low, President of Mon Sheong Foundation, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Organizing Committee for arranging an incredible lineup of performances, adding vibrancy and fun to the event. From traditional lion dances to spirited cheerleading, a variety of activities, including tranquil Pilates and energetic Zumba, catered to participants of all ages. This perfectly embodies Mon Sheong’s motto of Caring for the Elderly and Nurturing the Young. The event aims to raise funds for two new long term care centers. The Foundation sincerely hopes for wholehearted support from the community in these significant projects, enabling more individuals in need to receive the necessary care services as soon as possible.

The Organizing Committee expressed their gratitude to MediSystem Pharmacy, the Presenting Sponsor, for their continued support throughout the years, as well as to all other sponsors, team partners, Committee members, staff, and volunteers for their wholehearted support and cooperation. The event’s success was made possible by the enthusiastic donations from the participants.

Chairman Tim Kwan, President Garth Low, and Fun Run and Walk C o chairs Jeffrey Mah and Laurence Liang joined government officials in the eye dotting ceremony for the two auspicious lions. Led by the cheerleading team, hundreds of participants marched forward from the starting point, marking the beginning of the event.

This year’s event, themed as a carni val, not only included the charity run and walk but also offered a family zone, a large inflatables amusement area, face painting, multiple food booths, pizza lunch by Pizzaville, scones from COBS Bread, Hong Kong style milk tea from Kamcha, gourmet coffe e from Latte Booth, popcorn, and cotton candy, all for free for participants . Exciting performances, including stilt walking acrobatics, cheerleading shows, and a stress relieving massage booth, added to the festivities. With an array of fantastic prizes, participants enjoyed a meaningful and joyful morning.

Mon Sheong has extended the donation deadline to June 30, encouraging community members to raise more funds. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. Exciting incentives await participants, including a $420 scholarship from Mon Sheong Chinese School for the highest fundraising youth or child. The adult participant with the most funds will win a pair of Cathay Ball 2023 gala tickets valued at $1,160. The elderly individual with the highest fu nds will receive a gold peach ornament symbolizing longevity. The winning multi generational family will be awarded a gift basket worth over $300. The team with the most participants will win the Mon Sheong Fun Run Cup, and the team that raises the most fu nds will receive the Mon Sheong Cup. For more details, visit http://www.funrunandwalk.ca.

For more information about Mon Sheong’s services and other activities, please visit www.monsheong.org or call 905-883-9288 extension 2022 or toll-free at 1-866-708-0002.

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Accompanied by the two auspicious lions, the esteemed guests kicked off Mon Sheong Fun Run & Walk.

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Ready, Set, Go! Fun Run & Walk runners take the lead!

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Everyone was spirited.

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Participants brought along elderly and children to cheer and support, creating a lively atmosphere.

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Victorious runners posed for commemorative photos with representatives from Mon Sheong.