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Charities unify for Community In Motion

By Don Fennell

Published 10:35 PDT, Fri June 28, 2019

As with many good ideas, Community In Motion started around a table.

Minus any sort of a blueprint, a few individuals from local service groups were discussing how they could support the community and each other. Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives general manager Jocelyn Wong was among them.

“We thought, ‘Let’s get together and do a community fair,’” says Wong. “Then we thought, ‘Let’s see if we can do it at Garry Point’ and the city said sure. It kind of grew from there.”

Three years later, the 2019 Community In Motion organized by RCRG is set for Saturday, July 13 at Garry Point Park. It will be the third annual, with last year’s event raising $25,000 for participating community organizations.

A focal point of the get-together is informing the public about the many services the agencies provide. It’s also an opportunity to bring the entire family and community together.

Delighted to see the event grow last year over the inaugural 2017 Community In Motion, Wong says there is a desire among families to participate in activities with the children. And with great music to accompany a second initiative—to get people moving with an assortment of fun events for the kids and runs of one, five or 10 kilometres, the park serves as the perfect backdrop.

“In this day and age, when you can find information so easily, it still doesn’t take the place of being face to face,” says Wong. “People still like to be able to talk to someone in person and to be able to ask questions. Those kinds of conversations don’t readily happen on line.”

Free to attend—though participants are encouraged to each make a $1 donation—Community In Motion is all about two things: getting active and getting involved in your community.

The fun begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. And after you’ve ventured down one of the three different routes around Garry Point Park and along the West Dyke Trail (walking, running or biking and at your own pace), the hosts will treat you to a healthy snack.

Organizers also want to grow your appetite for community involvement. Several Richmond non-profit groups will be on hand to share details about what they do, as well as the volunteer opportunities available to you.

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