TORONTO, May 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Toronto will join cities across Canada stepping forward for the 32nd World Partnership Walk to increase awareness and raise funds to help fight against global poverty. The event is happening on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Metro Hall, David Pecaut Square.
Every spring, tens of thousands of Canadians across the country lace up their sneakers to participate in the Aga Khan Foundation Canada's (AKFC) World Partnership Walk, the country's largest event in support of international development.
Last year, more than 40,000 walkers hit the streets in 10 cities across the country – Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto – and raised over $7 million to fight global poverty. May 29 is recognized as World Partnership Walk Day by the City of Toronto, and the event expects to gather more than 10,000 walkers in the heart of downtown to raise more funds than ever before.
Today, there are 1 billion fewer people living in poverty than we had 25 years ago1. The efforts of Canadians are working. That is what mobilizes the loyal participants of the World Partnership Walk.
100% of donations from the Walk go directly to supporting Aga Khan Foundation Canada's programs. AKFC helps people in some of the poorest parts of the globe to break down barriers causing poverty by tackling it on many fronts such as: improving access to quality education and health, increasing food security, creating economic opportunities for women and men, and building strong, resilient communities and local institutions that will continue to support better futures for all.
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. Learn more about AKFC's projects by visiting the Global Village tent and listening to key speakers and fundraisers about their passion for global development.
Canadians everywhere are invited to step forward and join the World Partnership Walk by signing up online as individual fundraisers or as a team. Show your Canadian spirit today, and visit: http://www.worldpartnershipwalk.com/
Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems of global poverty. Our programs seek to improve living conditions for people regardless of their faith or origin; and to create opportunities for both women and men. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
1 Data from World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview
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