Yogathon “Rise for a Cause”: On May 03, 2016 the Art of Living Foundation (“AOLF”) will be presented with the prestigious Downtown Vitality Award for Public Health & Wellness for its outstanding contribution to raising the vitality of Calgary in recognition of Yogathon “Rise for a Cause”, an annual event hosted in downtown Calgary since 2012, and attended by over 500 smiling Calgarians on August 22, 2015.
At a time when Calgarians faced grave job losses and the challenges of weathering an uncertain and prolonged economic downturn, the AOLF presented Calgarians with a more positive and inspiring challenge by bringing the community together to Rise for a Cause through Yogathon.
What better way to unite and celebrate our spirit and our strength, and spread positivity around the world than coming out with yogamats in hand, to perform the Sun Salutation challenge to raise awareness of child poverty, with funds being donated to the Care for Children (“CFC”) program, a program of the AOLF, a registered non-profit charitable, educational and humanitarian organization.
In service to the underprivileged, CFC has opened 425 schools across India, serving 51,061 children in rural areas, with more than 95% of all donations going directly to programs providing free meals, uniforms, healthcare, hygiene, transportation and education. CFC believes that only through education can we empower impoverished communities and help break the cycle of poverty.
The Yogathon community challenge started across Canada in 2012 with 175 participants taking part in Calgary, and today has grown into a global event hosted by 45 cities in 12 countries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring awareness of the Yoga lifestyle and benefits of enjoying a healthy mind, body and life balance, and for communities to show their gratitude by giving to those in greater need.
The AOLF is committed to bringing positive social change to Calgary through its coordination of projects and events such as Yogathon, to nurture and uplift human values and support humanitarian and development projects both globally and within the Calgary community. Every August Calgarians open their hearts and their wallets to RISE FOR A CAUSE, to give back even during times of economic hardship, in celebration of their spirit of community and charity.
Yogathon is an opportunity for Calgarians to connect as a community not only for an inspiring cause, but also to nurture and celebrate our common values of generosity, love of peace and hope for the future, and just plain having fun in the sun!
For all these reasons, the AOLF is honored to receive the Downtown Vitality Award, and affirms its commitment to uniting and strengthening the Calgary community and spreading the message of peace and celebration through its organization of Yogathon, and through its many community initiatives and partnerships in Calgary to bring positive social change, health and well being programs, and most importantly, awareness of the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit.