BAPS Annual Walkathon Promotes Family Values
On September 7th, the BAPS Temple held its sixth annual walkathon in Lilburn, GA. Over 300 people walked the 5-mile path with zest to celebrate this year's theme ("Family Walk For Family Values"). The proceeds from the walk went towards youth development, youth activities, and cultural preservation.
Honorable guests at the Family Walk For Family Values included Lieutenant Don Kelly, Jack Bolton (Councilmen for city of Lilburn), and David Lang of the 1995 Superbowl winning Dallas Cowboys. David Lang spent a lot of time with youths, explaining to them that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. He also gave autographed football cards to all the young youths present at the walk-a-thon. The three hundred walkers had a wonderful time.
The walking path was a 2.5-mile circumference around the site of the new BAPS Temple in Lilburn. Shirts were given to all the walkers and volunteers who participated in the event and made it a complete success. The plan is to build a new Italian marble temple like the BAPS Mandir in London. The one in London was the first and largest Italian marble temple outside India. Currently there are five projects around the nation: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Atlanta. The ones in Houston and Chicago will be completed by the summer of 2004. His Divine Hoiliness Pramukh Swami Maharaj will be doing the Murti Pratista (installation of idols) in Chicago and Houston. In Atlanta, HDH Pramukh Swami will be doing the Shylanias Vidhi (groundbreaking ceremony) in May of 2004.
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