BAPS Charities Walk Green 2016 Supports the Nature Conservancy


900 walkers participated in the BAPS Charities walk

SUGAR LAND: Growing up most of us had one thing that we loved to do over and over. For 13 year old Anjlika Patel, it’s climbing up on her tree house. She enjoys being above the world and feeling the fresh cool breeze.

On Sunday, May 15, Anjlika participated in the annual BAPS Charities walkathon at the Sugarland Town Center. This walk was important to her because it was going to preserve one her favorite things to do; her tree house. For the last 3 – 4 months, Anjlika has been raising funds and awareness to save the environment.

Recognizing the need to promote environment awareness, this year BAPS Charities Walk Green is supporting The Nature Conservancy and its Plant a Billion Trees campaign to restore 1.6 million acres of land by 2025.  The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With over 1 million members, the organization protects more than 119 million acres of land, thousands of miles of rivers, and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally since 1951. In support of this initiative, BAPS Charities walks across North America will contribute to the rejuvenation of dying forests by helping plant over 70,000 trees in the United States.

This year’s walk brought together close to 900 participants between the ages of 3 and 72. The walk launched with motivational words from Congressman Pete Olson, Monzur Horani of Medistar, and superintendent of Fort Bend ISD Charles Dupre. Congresman Olson said, “Volunteer is the most powerful word in our language. Texans volunteer to help fellow Texans and ya’ll are doing that right here this morning by coming here and walking for these great charities.”


Dilip Bhargav, Dave Rosenthal, Charles Dupre, Monzur Hourani, and Congresman Pete Olson kickoff the BAPS Charities walkathon.

In addition to supporting the Nature Conservancy, the Walk Green 2016 in Sugarland, also supported Behind the Badges, Fort Bend education foundation and Stafford MSD education foundation as local beneficiaries. Along with Anjlika, many volunteers of BAPS Charities brought sponsors like Piping Technology & Products, SDB group, BioUrja group, Quest Diagnostics, Trison International, Red Scope Studios, Akshar/Shriji Properties, Pershant and Nidhika Mehta and many others to contribute to this year’s walkathon.

At the end of the walk, Anjlika felt good about securing her future by knowing that there will be trees and scholarships. Anjlika Patel said, “I will make certain that we plant trees and continue to take part in BAPS Charities activities.”

BAPS Charities undertakes many such charitable events throughout the year to support the community. In addition to annual walkathons across over fifty cities in North America, BAPS Charities hosts a variety of programs to support healthy living, environmental awareness and education initiatives.

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