In June, 2008, an interesting alliance began between a group of Manitobans and a social development group in China. A professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba and a group of students had been working on a CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) project in rural China. While in Beijing they came into contact with a non-profit organization that advocates for the needs of rural migrant workers.
2008年6月，在为加拿大国际发展署投资的一个中国农村项目进行研究期间，曼尼托巴大学的社会工作教授和大学生们在北京接触到一个为农民工们提供服务， 满足打工者需要的社会发展团体（北京协作者文化传播中心，简称协作者）。由此， 中加双方结成联盟共同致力于提倡保护中国农民工的合法权益。
The Canadians were very impressed with the quality of the work of this nongovernment organization, the Beijing Cultural Communication Center for Facilitators (CCCF). The organization runs community health projects in migrant communities to provide regular free checkups for migrant children and to help parents understand their children’s health needs. They run microcredit programs so workers can receive interest-free loans and start small businesses to support themselves. They also advocate for individual workers who have had their wages withheld illegally, or have not been treated properly by their employers. CCCF organized China’s first national conference on Occupational Health and Safety for migrant workers. Representatives from three government departments were guest speakers at the conference. CCCF regularly trains government workers in social work methods.
CCCF has no funding from government, however, and must raise resources for its work. The professor and the students decided to help. They formed an organization in Winnipeg called Fazhan International Program, Inc. One of the purposes of the organization was to help with development work in China. To raise money, Fazhan worked with a number of other charity groups on a fund-raising event called the Run for Rights. Volunteers meet in Kildonan Park in North Winnipeg. They agree to run (or a walk, or rollerblade, or bicycle) 5.5 kilometers from Kildonan Park to St. John’s Park, and then return to the Kildonan Park. The total distance is 11 kilometers. But for those less physically active, they can run just one way for 5 kilometers). Each runner asks friends and family members to sponsor them in their run. Sponsorships could be $1 per kilometer, or perhaps $5 or $10 for completing the whole run. If a runner has 10 or 20 sponsors, they can raise $50 – $200 for their organizations.
作为一个民间组织，“协作者”从没有得到过政府的资助，它必须多方筹措资金以开展工作，因此曼大的教授和大学生们决定助其一臂之力。他们在温尼泊成立了“发展国际项目组织”（简称“发展”）。其目的之一就是帮助中国的发展。为了筹资，“发展”和其它一些慈善团体组织举办一个“为权利而奔跑”的活动。志愿者们聚集在温尼泊北部的Kildonan 公园，从这个公园跑步（或走，或穿溜旱冰鞋，或骑自行车）5.5公里到时达圣约翰公园（St. John’s Park），然后再回到Kildonan公园。对于那些体力不支的志愿者们，可以只走单程5公里。每一个跑步的志愿者需要联系他（她）的亲朋好友或家庭成员去资助他们的行程。资助者可以每公里资助1加币，或者总共资助5 加币或10加币去帮助志愿者完成全部行程。如果一个跑步的志愿者有10或20个资助者的话，一共可以筹措到50 到200加币。
When Fazhan joined the run there were 14 organizations taking part including Amnesty International, Engineers Without Borders, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, UNICEF, Canada-Haiti Action Network, and Institute for Community Peace Building. Fazhan had nine runners and raised $1,430. One runner was a social work student from Singapore. She invited friends in Singapore to run on the same day. Singapore runners raised $88 to help migrant workers in Beijing.
In 2009, Fazhan partnered with the Winnipeg Chinese Lutheran Church and applied to the Manitoba Government for funding. They asked for funds to support one of CCCF’s community health projects in Beijing. CCCF brings volunteer doctors to migrant worker communities to provide free checkups for the children. They also provide free health training for migrant parents so they can understand how to care for their children’s health more effectively. The Manitoba Council for International Co-operation ( MCIC) granted $5,000.
In 2010 Fazhan will again take part in the Run for Rights to support migrant worker projects in Beijing. There will be a concert at the West End Cultural Centre on May 3 featuring local folk music groups to raise money for Run for Rights projects. The actual run in Kildonan Park will take place on June 5, 2010. Any members of the Chinese community who would like to walk, run, or ride a bicycle in support of migrant worker communities in China would be welcome to take part. For further information they can contact Fazhan Board Members Saina Fan or Lawrie Deane at (204) 474-8455 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
2010年，“发展”将再次参加“为权利而奔跑”活动以支持北京的农民工项目。5 月3日我们将在West End Cultural Centre举办由民间音乐团体义演的音乐会， 售票所得收入将用于“为权利而奔跑“项目。具体跑步日期是今年6月5日，地点是Kildonan Park。欢迎华人社区的成员通过步行，跑步，或骑自行车来支持中国农民工社区。详细信息可联系“发展”理事会成员范赛娜（Saina Fan）或丁罗瑞（Lawrie Deane）。电话号码：（204）474-8455，或电子邮件：email@example.com .