We hope you are as excited as we are for “Virtual Vesak Festival 2021: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration” on Sunday May 22, 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are organizing this annual festival virtually (ZOOM, YouTube Live & Facebook Live). The day is sure to be a wonderful celebration for all of us but in the spirit of Vesak we have decided to take this opportunity to help those less fortunate.
Every day, thousands of people in Ontario depend on food banks to feed themselves and their families. However, the demand on food banks is extremely high and they often run out of resources. Food banks are dependent upon generous donations from those who are able to donate. Goodwill and charity have always been distinct Buddhist values and Vesak is a time to bring happiness to others. So, in the spirit of Buddhism and Vesak, let us come together to provide help to those who need it. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
With your donation, either we are going to buy the following items or we are going to make monetary donations to the food banks.
Virtual Vesak Festival 2021: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Markham Food Bank
The Virtual Vesak Festival 2021 poster was posted on their Facebook:
They collect donations via Canada Helps Website. Please remind individuals to include a message “Vesak Festival 2021” when they are making donations.https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/9826
Parkdale Community Food Bank
A fundraising page for Virtual Vesak Festival 2021 was created on their donation web-site with Simplyk.
List of items most needed by Food4Kids.
Pears, Pineapple, Mixed fruit or applesauce (packed in juice… not syrup)
Kellogg’s All Bran Bars, Granola Bars (nut free) *****
Noodle Soup, Stagg Chili (Easy Open), Campbell’s Soup at Hand
Goldfish crackers (snack size), Raisins (snack boxes) *****
Bags of apples, Box of Clementine oranges, Bananas