Media Advisory - Toronto joins World Partnership Walk to fight global poverty

    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW Telbec/ -


    On Sunday, May 31st, 2009 residents of Toronto will join Canadians in 7
cities across Canada in the World Partnership Walk, an event to increase
awareness and raise funds to help fight global poverty.

    WHEN:   Sunday, May 31, 2009
            9:00 a.m. Registration begins

            10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

            11:15 a.m. Start of Walk

            1:00 p.m. Post Walk lunch, entertainment and displays

    WHERE:  Metro Hall, 55 John Street, SE Corner King and John

    PRESS KIT PICK-UP Beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the media desk where Walk Day
    ----------------- information and assistance will be provided.


    Now in its 25th year, the Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation
Canada (AKFC) and its national network of volunteers. AKFC is a not-for-profit
development agency that supports sustainable and cost-effective development in
the poorest countries, the Walk brings together Canadians from every
background to support and learn about programs that help individuals and
communities in Asia and Africa rise from poverty. All of the funds raised by
the Walk (100%) go to international development initiatives. Administrative
costs are covered separately.
    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. Participants include Mike Pinball "Pinball" Clemons,
Vice Chair, Toronto Argonauts; Dr. Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor
of McMaster University; Mr. Khalil Shariff, Chief Executive Officer Aga Khan
Foundation Canada and over 220 corporate and community teams.
    The Walk is expected to involve more than 7,000 participants in Toronto
and 40,000 participants in eight other cities: Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener,
London, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
    Since its inception, the Walk has raised more than $45.5 million; last
year $5.5 million was collected to enhance the quality of education, improve
healthcare, increase rural incomes and build the capacity of community
organizations in the developing world, among other projects.

For further information:

For further information: or interview: Imran Jivraj, Deputy Convenor
Marketing and Media, Mobile: (647) 294-7026,; Sarah
Habib, Manager, Media, Mobile: (416) 670-3293,;

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