The annual Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Walk-Run was scheduled to be held at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, November 11, 2018. As in prior years on this day, walk organizers envisioned residents of Southern California would participate in the event to learn about AKF programs worldwide, and invest in long-term solutions to improve the quality of life for global communities.
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Woolsey fire began during a day of hot, dry, and windy weather in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The next day, the authorities announced that a quarter of a million people were under mandatory evacuation orders as the wind-whipped flames raged through scenic areas west of Los Angeles and burned relentlessly towards the ocean, covering much of the area, and even where some Jamati members lived.
Due to poor air quality caused by the fires, and based on the Public Health Department’s advisory to remain indoors, AKF leadership decided to postpone the Santa Monica 2018 AKF Walk-Run.
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