Media Advisory - World Partnership Walk kicks off this weekend

Canadians Across the Country Set to "Walk the Walk" to End Global Poverty

OTTAWA, May 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Over three Sundays this spring, Canadians will come together to participate in the World Partnership Walk, Canada's largest annual event to raise funds and increase awareness to fight global poverty.

The event, which begins Sunday, May 30, 2010, unites tens of thousands of Canadians from all walks of life in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to impoverished communities in Asia and Africa. Every dollar (100%) goes directly to international development programs. Not a cent is spent on administration.

    
    DATES:       Sunday, May 30th, 2010 in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver,
                 Victoria
                 Sunday, June 6th,in London and Montréal and
                 Sunday, June 13th in Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa

    TIME:      The Walk begins in each city at 11 a.m.

    LOCATIONS:
               Toronto-Metro Hall
               Edmonton-Legislature Grounds
               Vancouver-Stanley Park, Lumbermen's Arch
               Victoria-Beacon Hill Park, Cameron Bandshell
               London-Springbank Gardens (June 6th)
               Montréal-Quays of the Old Port, Place des Vestiges (June 6th)
               Ottawa-Major's Hill Park (June 13th)
               Calgary-Prince's Island Park, Enmax Stage (June 13th)
               Kitchener-Waterloo - Waterloo Public Square (June 13th)
    

PRESS KITS: At 10 a.m., press kits will be available at the media desk at each location and representatives of the Walk will be available to answer questions.

THE EVENT:

Now in its 26th year, the Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and its national network of volunteers. AKFC is a non-denominational, registered Canadian charity with more than 30 years of experience finding and sharing effective and lasting solutions to the challenges of global poverty.

The 2009 Walk is expected to attract upwards of 40,000 Canadians. Hundreds of volunteers and 900 corporations are also involved. Since its inception, the Walk has raised more than $50 million; last year more than $6.8 million was collected to enhance the quality of education, improve health care, increase rural incomes and build the capacity of community-based organizations.

It is not too late to donate or register. Visit www.worldpartnershipwalk.com.

SOURCE World Partnership Walk

For further information: For further information: Jennifer Morrow, Manager, Communications, Tel: 1-800-267-2532 (ext. 107), (613) 697-9532 (mobile), Jennifer@akfc.ca

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