200 Toronto School Children Walk For Water: Earth Day Event Brings Clean Water Systems to Schools in Benin

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - As Torontonians look for ways to live a little
greener this Earth Day, 200 students are walking a mile (well, a kilometer) in
their peers' shoes, to provide clean water for schools in West Africa. On
Wednesday, April 22nd, kids from Mary Shadd, Alexander Sterling and Tom
Longboat Jr. public schools will join Plan Canada at Malvern Town Centre to
take part in a symbolic water walk, similar to the journey many children make
each day fetching safe water - often carrying half their body weight or more -
in developing countries. They will also take part in an interactive water
workshop, where they will attempt to lift the jerrycans typically used by kids
to transport water, see how a deep well is drilled and learn about the impact
lack of water has on health, education and livelihood. To recognize the
students' efforts, Malvern will donate funds to Plan Canada, providing clean
water for schools in Benin, Africa. Messages from the students, written on
water droplet cut outs, will be delivered to the students in Benin.

    WHO:         Students from Mary Shadd, Alexander Sterling and
                 Tom Longboat Jr. public schools
                 Plan Canada
                 Malvern Town Centre

    WHAT:        Water Walk in celebration of Earth Day

    WHERE:       Malvern Town Centre
                 31 Tapscott Road, Scarborough

    WHEN:        Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    PHOTO OP:    200 students in grades 4 to 7 participate in water walk and
                 workshop to bring clean water to schools in Benin, Africa

    Some Water Statistics:

    -   More than 1 billion people must resort to using potentially deadly
        sources of water.

    -   According to the UN, nearly two million children die every year (or
        four children a minute) because of unclean water and poor
        sanitation - far more than the casualties from violent conflicts.

    -   Each day the sun evaporates a trillion tons of water.

    -   A small drip from a faucet can waste as much as 75 litres of water a

    About Plan Canada
    Plan Canada is part of Plan, a global movement for change, mobilizing
millions of people worldwide to support social justice for children in the
developing world. It is one of the world's oldest and largest international
development organizations, working in more than 65 countries worldwide on
critical issues affecting millions of children.

    About Malvern Town Centre
    Malvern Town Centre is a community shopping centre with over 80 stores
and services. Located at the corner of Neilson and Tapscott Road, Malvern Town
Centre is highly involved in the community and has developed a variety of
partnership programs. Malvern Town Centre is owned and managed by Davpart
Inc., a full service real estate investment and property management company
established in 1993. Davpart now has a mixed portfolio of over ninety
Industrial, Office, Retail and Residential projects concentrated in Ontario,
Quebec and the U.S. For more information, please visit
www.malverntowncentre.com or www.davpart.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Tiffany Bourré, Idea Workshop,
(416) 504-3977 ext. 28, Cell: (647) 298-3954, tiffany@ideaworkshop.ca

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