This past weekend was the third official weekend of summer and as the weather becomes warmer the charitable events start to pile up. This weekend was no exception. On Saturday was the Wounded Warrior Walk down Main Street which raises money and awareness for soldiers and veterans and their successful and well-adjusted return to civilian life. This event brought out between 400 and 500 walkers all giving up their Saturday morning for a good cause and of course, a bit of socializing (I couldn’t resist the photo).
Later that day, I went to the ACME to pick up bread, and there was someone from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation collecting donations. Another good cause. Leaving the ACME and needing a bottle of wine for dinner there in front of Ray’s Pizza next to the liquor Store a Breast Cancer Awareness table. Yet another good cause. I couldn’t seem to get away from all this altruism!
And tomorrow would be another event for me to attend representing the Borough; the Lansdale area BAPS– Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha– Community (actually located in Hatfield) was holding their fourth annual health fair/screening. This event provides free medical and dental exams to approximately 400-500 underprivileged local residents. For many residents, this is their only chance to see a medical practitioner. Another very worthy cause indeed.
While there, Representative Bob Godshall and I met their Swami pictured below who– I was astonished to learn– owns nothing but his robe and his shoulder bag, has no fixed address and whose only mission is to inspire others to find inner peace and therefore, help themselves: the embodiment of altruism.
This was just my observation of charity at work within twenty-four hours and within a five mile radius of Lansdale on any given weekend.