OTTAWA, April 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Together truck is driving change across Canada – and Ottawa is the first stop on the tour.
Together: An exhibition on global development is an interactive, bilingual experience for all ages, highlighting Canadian contributions to improving the lives of people around the world.
Housed in a custom-built truck with 1,000 square feet of exhibition space, Together officially launches in Ottawa on Wednesday, embarking on its two-year journey across the country.
The truck will travel coast-to-coast, featuring powerful photography, film, and audio; one-of-a-kind objects; an interactive world map of Canadian contributions overseas; and a skills quiz for visitors to discover how they can help in the fight against global poverty.
The exhibition was developed by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and features the work of 21 Canadian organizations working to reduce poverty around the world.
"Today's global development challenges are immense and complex, but there are solutions – many of them thanks to Canada's leadership and collaboration," said Khalil Z. Shariff, chief executive officer of AKFC. "Together will spark and inform a conversation about the extraordinary ways in which Canadians are making a difference in the developing world."
Together officially launches on Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (199 Sussex Drive).
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will participate in the launch.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support AKFC's Together exhibit, which not only highlights the significant development results of our longstanding partnership, but also spotlights the meaningful contributions of individual Canadians and other key international development organizations in advancing Canada's development priorities," said Minister Paradis. "The exhibit exemplifies the power of partnerships in transforming the lives of those in greatest need, including mothers and children."
The launch event will feature a marketplace showcasing Canadian organizations active in global development, stories from notable global citizens, and the first official tours of the exhibition. Members of the Juno-nominated band, Sultans of String, will provide live entertainment.
The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge:
- On Thursday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Drive.
- On Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, 901 Prince of Wales Drive.
- On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, 3911 Carp Road.
The exhibition was developed with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
Visit the Together website to learn more – akfc.ca/together – or join the conversation on Twitter using #AllForChange.
AKFC is a nonprofit 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
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For further information: Jennifer Pepall, Director of Public Affairs, AKFC, 1-800-267-2532 ext. 120, [email protected]