BAPS Charities donates $165,000 to plant 100,000 trees Supports Plant-a-Billion Trees Initiative

BAPS CharitiessupportedThe Nature Conservancy(TNC)throughWalk Green 2017,a series of walkathons hosted by BAPS Charities in centers across the country. OnOctober 7, 2017, BAPS Charities presented TNC executives and program leadership with a check for$165,000. The donation will help toplant 100,000 trees in 2017and supports the Plant a Billion Trees Initiative.BAPS Charities volunteers and Board members presented The Nature Conservancy’s Troy Ettel, Director of Forest Conservation; Myriam Dormer, Urban Conservation Director; Rachel Holmes, Urban Forester; Maria Fisher, Donor Stewardship Officer; and Erin Daly, Donor Relations Manager with the check which wasfollowedby a tree-planting ceremony.Over the last six months, BAPS Charities hosted their annual walkathons across North America. This year’s national partner and beneficiary, the Nature Conservancy, continues a partnership between BAPS Charities and the Conservancy from 2016. This year, over 22,000 individuals participated in the walks. These annualWalks have grown to 63 centers participating this year nationally.The Nature Conservancy’s efforts focus on protecting habitats and preserving biodiversity across the world. In addition to targeted conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy also invests in research related to conservation and climate change to drive their international efforts.“Participating in the BAPS Charities Walkathon is a tradition for my family. Every year we come together and use the opportunity to support the causes that BAPS Charities carefully selects." said16-year-oldAayush Patel.With a commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, the continued partnership between The Nature Conservancy and BAPS Charities is only natural. Last year, BAPSCharitiesorganized Walkathonsnationally, helping plant a total of 70,000 trees across the country to contribute to a broader goal of planting abillion trees by 2020.“BAPS Charities activities reinforce the importance of serving others, raising awareness about important causes, and this year, protecting the planet through practice is important to my family and me,”said Anand Mehta, a participant in the day’s activities.BAPS Charities uses these opportunities to instill a spirit of service and commitment to preservation and environmental responsibility in community members. Through participation in
events and fundraising activities like Walkathons, participants are actively engaged in conversations and action around sustainability and conservation, becoming owners rather than bystanders.More widely in its operations, BAPS Charities participatesin energy efficiency planning through prioritizing the use of solar power, efficient fiber optics, and efficient lighting fixtures. This culture of environmental responsibility isat the coreof BAPS Charities’ work and cultureinpromoting natural harmony.More details on http://www.bapscharities.org/usa/atlanta/165000-tnc-donation/###Side Bar:Walks in 63cities | Over22,000walkers|Over50,000 miles walked 100,000 trees plantedAbout BAPS CharitiesBAPS Charities is a global charity active in nine countries across five continents. Volunteers drive its efforts, dedicating a portion of their lives in selfless service of others, both in their local neighborhoods as well as globally. Working in five key areas, BAPS Charities aims to express a spirit of selfless service through Health Awareness, Educational Services, Humanitarian Relief, Environmental Protection & Preservation and Community Empowerment. From organizing Walkathons that raise funds for local and global needs, to supporting humanitarian relief in times of urgent need; from hosting community health fairs to sustaining hospitals and schools in developing countries, BAPS Charities provides an opportunity for individuals wishing to serve locally and globally.CONTACT: BAPS Charities Phone: 732-777-1414 ex 140Email: media@na.bapscharities.org SOURCE: BAPS Charities



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