On Sunday, June 4, Calgarians will join Canadians across the country for the 33rd annual World Partnership Walk to help fight global poverty.
What started in 1985 by a small group of women in Vancouver who raised $55,000 (equivalent to about $120,000 today) from 1,000 supporters, the Walk has turned into the largest event of its kind in Canada.
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), the Walk has raised over $100 million since inception – and 100% of these funds go directly to international development projects in Africa and Asia. These projects are identified and implemented by local communities, targeting areas of greatest need and providing long-term sustainable solutions – like revitalizing a rural economy, ensuring clean water and sanitation, and educating new generations of girls and women.
Last year, over 40,000 Canadians took part in the Walk, held in 10 cities, to raise over $7 million. And this year, they’re looking for Canadians to do it again.
To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, organizers are inviting Canadians to lead by example and demonstrate what it means to be a Canadian by walking for a more peaceful, prosperous, and equal world for all.
Be part of the movement and take steps to end global poverty on Sunday, June 4.
For more than 35 years, AKFC has worked with Canada and Canadians to support sustainable improvements in the quality of life of poor, marginalized communities in Asia and Africa, as well as foster dialogue on critical global issues to enhance Canada’s unique leadership in world affairs.
AKFC is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, a family of private, non-denominational development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, disaster reduction, rural development, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. The Network is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.
When: Sunday, June 4
Time: 9:45 am to 2 pm – opening ceremonies start at 10:15 am
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW