All of the money raised during these walks supports Aga Khan Foundation Canada programs that assist in raising people in Africa and Asia out of poverty. The program’s mission is to create “strong, vibrant communities able to lead their own development.”
The Aga Khan Foundation Canada is an international development organization that works to increase access to quality healthcare, education and food security and strives to build stronger communities in Africa and Asia.
The walk was started in Vancouver in 1985 by a group of women who had recently returned from Africa and Asia and wanted to devise a plan to give back to those communities. They convinced 1,000 other Canadians to join them that year and raised $55,000. Since then, this annual event has raised more than $100 million.
The World Partnership Walk website allows each individual to help in whatever way they can and that their schedule allows. Individuals and teams can walk in any of the cities participating — from Toronto to Vancouver — volunteer to work at an event or simply donate.
So far, more than $700,000 has been raised, and the first walk does not start until May 28th. The goal for this year’s walks is set at $8 million. Reaching this amount would be both a huge accomplishment and investment in the global poverty reduction initiative.
Below is the list of cities who are participating this year and the location and dates of their walks:
Montreal – May 28th, Ahuntsic Park at 11 a.m.
Vancouver – May 28th, Stanley Park at 10 a.m.
Victoria – May 28th, the University of Victoria at 10 a.m.
Toronto – May 28th, David Pecaut Square at 10 a.m.
Regina – May 28th, Wascana Park at 10 a.m.
Edmonton – June 4th, Legislature Grounds at 10:30 a.m.
Ottawa – June 4th, City Hall at 11 a.m.
Calgary – June 4th, Prince’s Island Park at 9:45 a.m.
Kitchener-Waterloo – June 4th, Waterloo Public Square at 10 a.m.
London – June 4th, Victoria Park at 11 a.m.
– Dustin Jayroe