Torontonians join Canada-wide effort to fight global poverty

9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014
Metro Hall / David Pecaut Square, Toronto

TORONTO, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - For the past eight weeks thousands of amazing Torontonians, from all walks of life, have united in taking steps to fight global poverty. On Sunday, May 25th at Metro Hall, David Pecaut Square they will join cities across Canada in the 30th anniversary World Partnership Walk to increase awareness and celebrate their efforts.

"I'm so proud of how far we've come. For 30 years, our participants, volunteers and donors have made a significant contribution to the fight against poverty," said Fiaz Basaria, Convenor for the World Partnership Walk in Toronto. "The Walk is a real way for Canadians to spark hope in communities in some of the poorest parts of the world. Today we celebrate our efforts to help people across the globe to reach their full potential and to live with dignity."

An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), the Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians every year united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to poor communities living in Asia and Africa

Last year nearly 40,000 Canadians came together to raise more than $7 million in Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.  100% of donations raised go directly to fund AKFC international development projects.  Funds raised by the Walk also help AKFC to leverage additional support from major partners such as the Government of Canada.  This means the impact of every dollar raised is multiplied many times over.

Since its start 30 years ago, the Walk has raised an incredible $82 million for international development programs and initiatives. It is the largest and most successful event of its kind in Canada.

This year's Walk will host a number of honourable guests, including the honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P.; John Carmichael, M.P.; the honourable Reza Moridi, M.P.P.; the honourable Eric Hoskins, M.P.P.; Councillor and Mayoral candidate Karen Stintz; Councillor John Parker; Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow (former M.P.), and Mayoral Candidate John Tory (former M.P.P.).

The World Partnership Walk provides an experience that is both meaningful and fun for the whole family through activities that inform, educate, celebrate and entertain. There will be educational activities at the Global Village educational pavilion, children's games and entertainment at the Kids Zone, activities in the Seniors Area, a dynamic entertainment lineup, delicious food and refreshments, as well as plenty of fun Walk-route activities. The lineup of sponsors is outstanding, including Scotiabank, BMO Bank of Montreal, KPMG, Oxford Properties, and many other corporate and community supporters!

Registration and donations can be done securely and easily online by visiting  or by calling 1-800-267-2532.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.  Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.

SOURCE: Aga Khan Foundation Canada (World Partnership Walk)

For further information:

Azin Soltani
World Partnership Walk, Toronto
Director, Media & Communications

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