Canadians Across the Country Join in Fight Against Global Poverty

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009
    (Sunday, June 7th in Ottawa
    Sunday, June 14th in Calgary)

    OTTAWA, May 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The 25th annual World Partnership Walk
brought together tens of thousands of Canadians in seven cities across the
country to fight poverty in the developing world. The largest event of its
kind in Canada, the Walk this year is estimated to have attracted a record
number of participants. Two more Walks are scheduled: Ottawa on June 7th and
in Calgary on June 14th.
    An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and its national
network of volunteers, the Walk is organized every year in Victoria,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener and London.
    All of the funds raised by participants (100%) go directly to
international development initiatives, including programs in health,
education, rural development, as well as support for community-based
organizations. In 24 years, the Walk has raised close to $50 million,
including $5.5 million in 2008. Support for the Walk also helps AKFC leverage
additional contributions from major donors like the Canadian International
Development Agency. The total of funds raised this year will be announced
after the Calgary event.
    The Walk's continuing success is a tangible sign of the commitment of
individual Canadians to the cause of global poverty alleviation, said Khalil
Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of AKFC. "The response so far has been
tremendous," said Mr. Shariff. "Our supporters have shouldered the quarter
century legacy of the Walk. Thanks to their hard work, and despite the
economic downturn, we can count on the continued generosity of Canadians to
help AKFC provide hope and new opportunities in impoverished communities."
    Notable personalities attending this year's Walk included Premier Gordon
Campbell of British Columbia; Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver; Dr. Peter
George, President of McMaster University; Mike "Pinball" Clemons, CEO of the
Toronto Argonauts, along with numerous federal and provincial ministers and
city councilors.
    This year, some 900 corporate sponsors were also involved. A significant
contribution was made to the Walk by our National Media Partner, The Globe and
Mail and our Premier sponsor, the Nisku Inn and Conference Centre. Our
Platinum sponsors were Parmalat Canada and IPS Canada. Our Gold sponsors were
the Pirani Group of Companies, Midtown Honda, T&T Honda, Country Hills Toyota,
Mayfield Toyota, Okotoks Honda, High River Toyota, Scotiabank, KMPG and
Atlantia Holdings.

    For more information on the remaining World Partnership Walk events in
Ottawa and Calgary or to contribute on-line, visit or contact AKFC at 1 800 267 2532 x 142

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