BAPS Charities hosted several hundred participants at its 14th annual Health Fair on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the BAPS Swaminarayan Complex in Toronto. This year’s Health Fair aimed to provide practical, preventative health care information for community members of all ages.
Over 50 health care professionals volunteered for the event, including dentists, optometrists, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and family physicians. Collectively, these professionals provided a variety of services and screening tests including audiograms, eye screenings and dental screenings. Participants were also able to attend relevant workshops on various health topics such as diabetes and yoga as well as receive individual consultations on issues including diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Special guests at the Health Fair included Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1 – Etobicoke North, thanked the volunteers of BAPS Charities and said, “BAPS Charities has always taken a very wholesome approach. Part of being healthy is having healthy families. This event has grown over the years and I am happy to be here to kick off the health fair. Let’s stay healthy.”
“I’ve been volunteering with the BAPS Charities Health Fair for several years now”, said Lalit Wadhvana, “Each year, I see the event growing and evolving to address some pressing health issues facing our community. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the ability to help my neighbours, friends and community members lead healthier, longer lives!”
BAPS Charities annual Health Fairs are held at over 40 locations across North America and aim to make health care accessible to the greater community. The fairs are made possible through the generous donation of time and expertise of local health care professionals and partner organizations. Through these and other events, BAPS Charities not only strives to improve community health, but it also helps foster the spirit of volunteerism across generations.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the BAPS Swaminarayan Complex and Canada’s 150th Birthday, BAPS Charities organized several events in 2017 to support the community, health initiatives and promote protection and preservation of the environment. A blood donor drive was organized in July in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services. A total of 100 units of blood were collected, which has the potential to save up to 300 lives in the community. BAPS Charities also announced a new partnership on July 22 with the William Osler Health System by presenting a cheque for $25,000 to the William Osler Health System Foundation in support of their health research activities. Additionally, as a part of BAPS Charities environmental initiative, the 20th annual BAPS Charities Walk held in August in Toronto supported Tree Canada in its initiative to plant 10,000 trees across Canada.
Through these activities, BAPS Charities aims to develop a broader spirit of volunteerism to enable individuals of all ages to make meaningful contributions to society.
For additional information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, please visit www.bapscharities.org