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HEART LAKE RUN COMPLETES THE FOOD SECURITY PILOT PROJECT

Brampton, Ontario - September 29, 2018 - As the crops growing season comes to an end in Ontario, Heart Lake Run, a not-for-profit organization based in Brampton is proud to have partnered with Religious Organizations, Peel Paramedics and Councillor Doug Whillans of Brampton Ward 2 & 6 in implementing its highly successful Food Security Pilot Project.

 

Heart Lake Run had bumper harvest from a variety of crops donated by Councillor Doug Whillans including Zucchini, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Kales, Pepper and Eggplants. The produce from this year’s pilot project has been donated to the local Food Banks.

 

With the growing population around Brampton, there has been a steady increase in food insecurity mainly by newcomers trying to settle into the new country and the less fortunate members of the society. The onus to act is on those who are in position to come up with initiatives like this one to work with stakeholders to support the local Food Banks.

 

Heart Lake Run is working towards firm partnership with Food Banks, City of Brampton, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Region Peel and Community Leaders to produce nutritious food during the next crop season to support its Food Security initiatives for the Brampton residents.

 

During the Heart Lake Community Garden visit Councillor Doug Whillans said “. Community gardens such as the one here are vitally important to our community especially for those who may not have the opportunity to enjoy fresh vegetables.”

 

He added that “Having a bit of a green thumb myself, I was excited when Rev. Jean Leckie of Heart Lake United Church approached me and asked if I was able to help at the Heart Lake Community Garden. I am very fortunate to be able to have my own vegetable garden and it brings me great pleasure that the small part I do has a huge impact on families in our Community”.

 

Ms. Pauline Mwangi who is the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Director at Heart Lake Run and President of Kenyan Women in Canada Association (KWICA) said “As a Brampton resident who came from a developing country, i understand how important it is for the stakeholders to come together and completely bring to zero the number of women and children who are likely to sleep hungry. There is a lot of food going to waste from the grocery stores and other food outlets. Small portions of the land available within Brampton especially in private hands can be donated so that food crops can be grown sustainably and provided to those who are less fortunate as part of Brampton 2040 Vision and UN Zero Hunger Global Goal.”

 

Heart Lake Run has launched a charity walkathon in support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and inline with Brampton 2040 Vision Strategic Plan and Peel 2041 Official Plan. The inaugural Plogging Walkathon and Community BBQ to be held in June 8th 2019 will focus on Zero Hunger, Environment Conservation and Climate Action which are part of the global challenges outlined as part of the 17 Global Goals. The Food Security Program aims at finding local solutions for the UN Zero Hunger Global Goal.

 

The participants registration will commence on October 1 2018 through the website www.heartlakerun.org.

 

 

In the Photo: The City of Brampton’s Ward 2 & 6 Councillor Doug Whillans with Heart Lake Run Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Director Pauline Mwangi when he visited the Heart Lake Community Garden in support of Food Banks. In the current planting season, he donated a variety of seedlings including Kales, Zucchini, Pepper, Potatoes and Tomatoes to support the Food Security Program.

 

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HEART LAKE RUN CHARITY WALKATHON LAUNCHED IN SUPPORT OF FOOD BANKS & ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION

Ontario, Canada - September 24, 2018 - The City of Brampton and Heart Lake Run, a not-for-profit organization based in Canada, have partnered to launch a charity walkathon in support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and inline with Brampton 2040 Vision Strategic Plan and Peel 2041 Official Plan. The inaugural 3K Plogging Walkathon to be held in June 8th 2019 will focus on Zero Hunger, Environment Conservation and Climate Action which are part of the global challenges outlined as part of the 17 Global Goals.

Speaking at his office during the unveiling of Heart Lake Run website, Councillor Michael Palleschi who is the Peel Regional Councillor for the ward that will host the event expressed his support.  

Councillor Palleschi said, “I would like to welcome Heart Lake Run to Ward 2 and will engage our community partners to bring awareness to this exciting initiative.”

“The launch of the website brings focus to three challenges - Zero Hunger, Environment Conservation and Climate Change; not only seen globally, but right here in our neighbourhoods.  We must all do our part for the betterment of our community.”, He added.

Heart Lake Run Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Director Ms. Pauline Mwangi noted, “We are working closely with Environment and Economic Development Departments at Brampton City Hall to make the Walkathon a success and implement programs geared towards finding local solutions to global challenges affecting our community.”

“The 2019 event will feature a 3k Plogging Walkathon. We are considering a 10k road race from 2020 upon approval by the City which will feature both local and international professional runners. Our mission is to raise awareness on some of the most pressing issues and challenges affecting us all around the world.”, Stated Pauline.

Heart Lake Run has also partnered with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and is seeking partnerships with corporations committed to corporate social responsibility as well as other stakeholders in Food Security, Environment Conservation and Climate Action. Various Corporations and Charities including Food Banks within Peel Region will work with Heart Lake Run towards Zero Hunger and elimination of Food Waste.

The online participants registration will commence on October 1 2018 via the website www.heartlakerun.org. 

Peel Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi with Heart Lake Run Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Director Pauline Mwangi at Brampton City Hall during the meeting to unveil the website for 2019 Plogging Walkathon in Ontario, Canada.