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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:28 pm    Post subject: ACTIVITIES OF AKF CANADA Reply with quote

Museum secures Bridges that Unite in Partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Major Exhibition set to open in Waterloo Region invites Participants to Explore Canada’s role on the World Stage

Kitchener - An interactive exhibition showcasing Canada's ability to bridge the developed and the developing worlds is set to arrive in Kitchener next month as part of a cross-Canada tour.

Bridges that Unite, will be hosted at The Children’s Museum of Waterloo Region, and invites visitors to consider Canada's role in the world through the lens of a remarkable 25-year partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in some of the world's most isolated and impoverished regions.

The 6,000 square foot exhibition offers a vibrant space in which to explore some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century. Thought-provoking stories, spanning several continents, are told through powerful images, evocative soundscapes and interactive, multimedia components.

The exhibition provides an illuminating backdrop for a range of programs, including cultural performances, panel discussions and film screenings.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network is presenting the large-scale, bilingual exhibition which began its successful cross-country journey in Victoria with tour stops in Calgary and Vancouver.

Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of AKFC, explains that Bridges that Unite is an opportunity to share the experience of the past 25 years and chart a way forward for Canada and the world.

"The exhibition draws on our rich experience in the developing world to spark a conversation about what Canada and Canadians can do to ensure a more peaceful, prosperous and pluralist world. We are delighted to continue this important dialogue in Waterloo Region and we look forward to teaming up with the Children’s Museum and other key partners to present Bridges that Unite.”

David Marskell, Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Museum, explains how cross generational and relevant this show is. “Anyone with an interest in Canada's role in the world, from school groups to professional associations, will find the exhibition a compelling resource for education and discussion,” says Marskell. Bridges that Unite is presented free of charge at the Museum and will be open from April 4 through May 3, 2009. For more information visit www.bridgesthatunite.ca

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World Partnership Walk 2009

The World Partnership Walk is Canada's largest annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight global poverty.

Now in its 25th year, the Walk is organized by volunteers in nine cities across the country and attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest communities in the world. Last year nearly 40,000 participants came together across Canada to raise $5.5 million in support of international development.

Join us this year and "Walk the Walk!"

http://www.worldpartnershipwalk.com/
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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Visitor Program

A Visitor Program is currently being planned for those wishing to visit the public spaces of the Delegation this Spring. Visitors will have access to the Delegation four times per month beginning on Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Details:
The schedule for the visitor program is every other Wednesday (from 5:00-7:00pm) and every other Saturday (from 2:00-4:00pm).

Upcoming dates in April include:

Wednesday, April 1st:
Saturday, April 11th:
Wednesday, April 15th:
Saturday, April 25th:
Wednesday, April 29th:

There are no set tour times but volunteer guides will be on hand to facilitate ‘open house’ visits of the Atrium, the Seminar Room, the Resource Library and, weather permitting, the Char Bagh – interior garden. Plan on approximately 30 minutes for the visit. No reservations are required but groups of 10 or more are kindly requested to advise AKFC in advance at info@akfc.ca or 1-800-267-2532. Unfortunately, special requests for alternate dates cannot be accommodated at this time – we thank you for your understanding.

No parking is available on site but street parking is available in the neighbourhood. Visitors are requested to enter by the Boteler Street entrance.

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Aga Khan Foundation Poverty Awareness Dinner

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A Special Information Supplement of Aga Khan Foundation Canada in Globe and Mail

April 26, 2009
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Be part of the solution!

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His Highness Aga Khan (left) with Prime Minister Stephen Harper during Khan’s recent visit to Canada. Seaway News photo

Be part of the solution!

Thousands of Canadians will be participating in a unique event in several cities later this month to fight global poverty in vulnerable communities particularly in Africa and Asia.

It was 25 years ago this year, that that a group of Ismaili Muslim women from Vancouver came together to walk and support the poorest of the poor.

It was a gesture of what they had gained in coming to Canada from troubled Uganda.

That was the start of the World Partnership Walk.

Idi Amin, the military dictator in 1972 expelled the entire Asian population from Uganda, blaming them for controlling the economy for their own ends.

Over the past 25 years, Canadians have raised more than $40.5 million to help fight global poverty.

Last year alone, nearly $6 million was raised.

This popular World Partnership Walk is now the largest and the longest-running event of this kind in aid of global development in the country.

The primary goal is to alleviate world poverty at a time when severe food crisis is escalating and sometimes erupting into unprecedented riots.

The World Partnership Walk, fuelled by the energy and dedication of committed volunteers, has engaged tens of thousands of Canadians with Aga Khan Foundation Canada and transformed millions of lives in some of the poorest parts of Asia and Africa.

Every cent collect goes directly to projects that encourage community participation and ultimately, the self-sufficiency of third-world villages.

The World Partnership Walk attracts around 50,000 participants in nine cities across Canada. The walk will be held over three weekends beginning on Sunday, May 31.

The event in Ottawa will be held June 7 while the walk in Montreal will be held May 31.

Funds raised by the walk have helped the Aga Khan Foundation Canada to leverage additional support from partners like the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The walkers, along with 1,000 corporate sponsors, in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, London, Kitchener, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria contribute to fight poverty.

Since its inception in Vancouver in 1985, these walks have raised money to fund education, improve health care, increase rural homes and build community organizations in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique.

The AKFC, a registered Canadian charity, is part of the Aga Khan Foundation, the world’s largest private international development network, established by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary imam of an estimated 12 million Ismaili Muslims around the globe.

The foundation is non-denominational agency dedicated to the promotion of equitable and sustainable development particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East without regard to faith, origin, or gender.

AKFC currently funds more than 40 development initiatives in a dozen developing countries.

All of the funds raised by participants in the walk go directly to international development initiatives like health programs, education and support for community-based initiatives.

Not a single cent is spent on administration, which are covered by the foundation.

AKFC officials emphasize events like the World Partnership Walk bring Canadians together in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest nations in the world and provides a tremendous help in alleviating global poverty.

One of the most significant global challenges is fighting poverty, whose affects are far reaching.

The walk’s continuing success is a tangible sign of the commitment of individual Canadians to the cause of global poverty alleviation.

In light of the tough economic situation, the AKFC is urging its supporters to invite Canadians from all walks of life to join in the vital partnership with communities in the developing world.

“Canadians have a tradition of caring about the world beyond our borders that has found expression in the World Partnership Walk,” said Khalil Shariff, chief executive officer of AKFC. “For a quarter century, we have counted on the support of our volunteers and the generosity of Canadians to help AKFC bridge the gaps that deny opportunities to the poor.”

Participants can register online, quickly and easily, at www.worldpartnershipwalk.com.

The foundation and the Canadian government, primarily through CIDA, have enjoyed a close working relationship for more than a quarter of a century. CIDA provides funding for a number of programs that the foundation supports in developing countries.

CIDA and AKFC work in close partnership to develop effective solutions to poverty. And with assistance from CIDA, the impact of funds raised in Canada is multiplied many times.

This effort by Canadians is helping to bring true meaning to the “partnership” between them and impoverished communities around the globe.

Aid agencies around the world are openly expressing fear they may not be able to feed the poorest of the poor.

They expect 100 million people will experience food shortage.

The Aga Khan Foundation is respected for the work it does in areas of health care, education, rural development and strengthening civil society.

The foundation’s approach is unique.

It makes a long-term commitment to creating opportunities for families and communities living in some of the poorest parts of the world become self-reliant.
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World Partnership a worthwhile cause to take a walk for

Vancouver SunMay 22, 2009

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Other journeys, however, begin with a small group of women out to change the world. Journeys like the one started by Vancouver's Ismaili Women's Organizing Committee.

In 1985, a group of volunteers from the committee wanted to help people in the impoverished countries in which the volunteers were raised.

So with the simple words "rain or shine, walk with your family, bring your lunch," they persuaded nearly 1,000 people to join them in a walk to raise awareness of global poverty.

Those first steps raised more than $50,000, and also gave birth to the World Partnership Walk, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

The walk, which symbolizes the commitment of Canadians to alleviating global poverty, now attracts tens of thousands of Canadians each year, making it the largest and most successful event of its kind in Canada.

Indeed, over the past quarter century the walk has grown exponentially, raising $45.5 million, including more than $5.5 million last year alone.

And this year, on its 25th anniversary, the walk promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This is certainly good news for people from poor countries around the world, since the foundation currently funds more than 30 development initiatives in a dozen countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Mozambique, Mali and Uganda.

And instead of simply throwing money at people in developing countries, the foundation's programs are designed to foster self-sufficiency in four areas: health, education, rural development and strengthening community-based organizations.

The programs tap the initiative, entrepreneurship, resources and energy of poor communities, with special attention paid to the impact on the environment and the status of women.

The foundation is therefore sensitive to the effectiveness of its programs, and all projects are evaluated by external agencies, which have concluded that the foundation's "stewardship and utilization of donor funds is impeccable."

Indeed, 100 per cent of proceeds raised during the walk goes directly toward the development initiatives -- in other words, no funds from the walk are used to pay for administrative costs. And the funds raised also help the foundation to leverage additional support from major donors like the Canadian International Development Agency.

This means that you don't have to travel to far-off lands to to help people around the world.

Instead, you can do so by staying right here in Vancouver. And fortunately, there are several ways to participate.

First, you can become a walk ambassador and build awareness of global poverty.

Or you can strap on your sneakers and become part of the walk, either as an individual or as part of a community or corporate team.

RAIN OR SHINE

The 25th anniversary walk will take place on Sunday, May 31, from Lumbermen's Arch in Stanley Park.

Registration for the five-kilometre walk begins at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit worldpartnershipwalk.com or call 604-980-2949.

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Aga Khan Foundation Canada is delighted to host Ian Smillie for the launch of his most recent book: Freedom From Want – The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, the Global Grassroots Organization that’s Winning the Fight Against Poverty.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5.00 p.m. at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, located at 199 Sussex Drive in Ottawa to meet this distinguished author and learn about BRAC’s remarkable evolution from a small relief operation into what is arguably the largest and most diverse social experiment in the developing world.

For more information on this event, please contact Aga Khan Foundation Canada at info@akfc.ca.

Please note that there is no on-site parking but parking is available on the neighbouring streets as indicated.


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See how the funds raised in Canada through the World Partnership Walk are benefiting impoverished communities.
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This Year’s World Partnership Walk Dedicated To Fighting Global Poverty

VANCOUVER - Vancouver will join with cities across Canada at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 31st at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park in the World Partnership Walk to increase awareness and raise funds to help fight global poverty.

An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), the Walk is in its 25th year, and continues to grow as Canadians become more aware of the importance of the cause.

Organized by dedicated volunteers in nine cities across the country, the Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to communities in some of the world’s most isolated and impoverished regions. All funds raised by participants (100%) go directly to programs in international development. Not a cent in spent on administration. Support for the Walk also helps AKFC leverage additional contributions from major donors like the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

This year, the Walk is expected to involve more than 70,000 people as participants and donors in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. As well, some 800 corporations are involved.

Since its inception, the Walk has raised more than $45 million across Canada; last year close to $6 million was collected to enhance the quality of education, improve healthcare, increase rural incomes and build the capacity of community organizations in Asia and Africa.

“Our participants, volunteers and donors have made a significant contribution to the fight against global poverty,” said Tazim Bhimji, Convenor for the World Partnership Walk in Vancouver. “Canadians have much to offer – financially, but also a set of values that includes caring about those in need beyond our borders. Through efforts such as the Walk, Canadians can help create opportunities for the poor of the world to reach their full potential as human beings and to live in hope and dignity.”

The World Partnership Walk provides an experience that is both meaningful and fun for the entire family through activities that inform, educate, celebrate and entertain. Activities include a 5 KM walk, live multicultural entertainment, warm-up by Jazzercise, sports clinics, delicious barbeque, snacks and tropical juices. Participants include Vancouverites from all walks of life, over 900 volunteers, several corporate and school teams. The lineup of local sponsors is outstanding, including Scotiabank, HSBC, KPMG, BMO Bank of Montreal, RBC Royal Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HUB International TOS, Choices Market, and Amica Mature Lifestyles among others.

Walk day begins with an opening ceremony featuring notable dignitaries who lend their support to the cause of ending global poverty. News anchors Mi-Jung Lee of CTV and Randene Neill of Global BC along with Breakfast Television hosts Dawn Chubai and Riaz Meghji of Citytv will serve as Masters of Ceremonies during the opening ceremonies and the afternoon program of entertainment.
One of the Walk’s most inspiring features is the Global Village – an interactive exhibit where participants of all ages will get a glimpse of the development programs supported by AKFC. Through interactive displays, images, audio and stories, visitors to the Global Village will learn the many ways in which Canada and Canadians are supporting long-term, positive change among impoverished communities in Asia and Africa and how their contributions are making a difference in the developing world.

World Partnership Walk participants can join as individual Ambassadors, teams, corporate donors or sponsors. Registration can be done online, securely and easily by visiting www.worldpartnershipwalk.com or by calling 1-800-267-2532.

25 May 2009 by editor

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Victoria News
Partnership walk tackles African poverty

Megan Hamlet is a big supporter of the Aga Khan Foundation's World Partnership Walk. Not only will she be taking part in this Sunday's event in Victoria, the Abe Books employee will travel this summer to Kenya to visit some of the foundation's community development project sites.
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Published: May 28, 2009 6:00 PM


Megan Hamlet was struck by a video she watched last year of local journalist Meribeth Burton touring East Africa.

Burton and her TV crew were taping a five-part series on the Aga Khan Foundation's development work in Kenya and Zanzibar and showing where money raised in Canada is being put to work to help people desperately in need.

"Once I saw the video I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in," Hamlet said.

The foundation, which is hosting its 25th World Partnership Walk in nine Canadian cities including Victoria this Sunday (May 31), has a hand-up philosophy designed to teach people in impoverished countries how to support and sustain themselves and their families.

"It's all about empowerment and teaching new ideas and changing the cultural mindscape and being able to say how do you see your future," Hamlet said.

The 30-year-old customer service rep at Abe Books has raised more than $6,000 through various initiatives, largely at her office. Not only will she be taking part in Sunday's walk, she is travelling to Kenya in July to experience firsthand how Aga Khan Foundation workers teach sustainability.

Organizers of this weekend's walk in Victoria hope to convey to a larger audience the foundation's philosophy.

"I think people are more conscious of poverty in the world," said Naz Rayani, Victoria convenor for the Walk and an active advocate of the foundation's international development programs for more than 20 years.

That consciousness helped the local chapter raise $270,000 last year alone and they're shooting for $300,000 this time out, he said.

Registration for the walk is at 10 a.m. at the Cameron bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. The walk begins at 11 a.m. with a five-kilometre route to Clover Point or a shorter one for children and the elderly. Lunch and entertainment are provided afterward. For more information or to donate, go to www.worldpartnershipwalk.com or call 1-888-221-5571.

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Toronto joins World Partnership Walk to fight global poverty
Posted: 29 May 2009 05:53 AM PDT


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.
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
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, SE Corner King and John
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2009/29/c8885.html
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2009/29/c9001.html
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Ten thousand people and bright sunshine expected for Sunday's charity walk
Aga Khan Foundation's World Partnership Walk raises funds for developing countries

Mary Frances Hill
Vancouver Sun


Saturday, May 30, 2009


Thousands of philanthropists will lace up their shoes Sunday for the 25th annual World Partnership Walk, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.

A forecast of 23 degrees C and bright sunshine will welcome an expected 10,000 walkers and strollers to the five- kilometre walk starting at 11 a.m. at Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park, according to Noreen Mohamed, spokesperson for the event.

Last year's walk attracted 7,000 participants, she said on Friday.

One hundred per cent of all funds raised go to help people in developing countries in Africa and Central Asia, and "not one single cent is spent on administration, and it's organized by a network of 900 volunteers," Mohamed explained.

The walk began in 1985, inspired by a group of volunteers from Vancouver's Ismaili Women's Organization Committee.

They were driven by a commitment to give back to the impoverished countries where they had spent their childhoods.

In the first year, some 1,000 people raised about $55,000 in support of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

Since then, corporate donors and team supporters have joined the effort; in the last 24 years, the walk has raised more than $45 million, including more than $5.5 million raised last year from events across Canada.

The five-kilometre walk extends beyond philanthropy. The event includes a Kid's World entertainment space, a Global Village area where participants can learn about international development, and a barbecue lunch and refreshments.

Though the Aga Khan Foundation has its origins in Ismaili culture, the walk is non-denominational, and "Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome," Mohamed said.

Opening ceremonies begin at Lumberman's Arch at 11 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting a half-hour later. Registration is free and can be done securely and easily online at www.worldpartnershipwalk.com; by calling 1-800-267-2532; or by registering on walk day at Lumberman's Arch from 9 a.m.

mfhill@vancouversun.com

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June 1, 2009

One step makes a difference

By DHARM MAKWANA, 24 HOURS


Premier Gordon Campbell, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, many other dignitaries and thousands of people kicked off the 25th annual World Partnership Walk in Stanley Park yesterday. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 hours)
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2009/06/01/pf-9633346.html
Thousands stepped up to take part in the World Partnership Walk at Stanley Park.

More than $2 million raised through yesterday's fundraising march - marking its silver anniversary - will go to the Aga Khan Foundation to finance development programs in remote villages across Asia and Africa.

"The cause is about creating sustainable community solutions in the poorest communities," said Shellina Lakhdhir, regional campaign manager. "These people are the ones who make less than $2 a day."

To date, World Partnership Walks across nine Canadian cities have raised $45.5 million.

Often the money goes towards building health and education facilities and social and agricultural programs.

Al Kanji, a senior partner with KPMG, said his firm chose to participate in the walk because of its universal appeal.

"People are very enthusiastic," he said. "All sorts of age groups, ethnicities, religious groups have no biases."

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Aga Khan's Vancouver walk raises $2 million for global poverty fight


By Carmen Chai, The ProvinceMay 31, 2009



Sara Janmohamed 2 1/2 of West Vancouver joined thousands of walkers in the World Partnership Walk to raise funds to help fight global poverty in Stanley Park Sunday morning.
Photograph by: Sam Leung , The ProvinceThousands of Vancouver residents gathered at Stanley Park Sunday to take part in the 25th-annual World Partnership Walk.

Nearly 10,000 participants walked five-kilometres to raise $2 million for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada which sends proceeds to help development and education programs in villages in Asia and Africa. Premier Gordon Campbell and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson were among the thousands of participants who gathered at Lumberman’s Arch at 11 a.m.

“It’s about walking in someone else’s shoes,” said Shellina Lakhdhir, walk spokeswoman.

Lakhdhir emigrated from Pakistan eight years ago and has taken part in the walk for the last seven.

“Girls from Pakistan and Africa and Asia have to walk for five kilometres to fetch water instead of going to school. The five kilometres of walking signifies the suffering they have to go through on a day-to-day basis.” Since the walk began, $45 million has been raised, $6 million in 2008 alone.

“We planted a little seed in the ground and the seed just grew,” said Izzat Mawani, one of the 17 founders of the walk.

“We were so lucky and privileged, we wanted to leave some money for women in the third world,” she said, explaining why they started the walk. “But we never thought it would come to this point. It sends shivers down my spine.”

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Thousands walk in downtown Toronto to end poverty
Web Staff, cp24.com


Thousands walk during the annual World Partnership Walk to raise money for people living in poverty in developing contries on May 31, 2009. (Sam Katz/My Breaking News)

Up to 7000 people laced up today to raise money for people in Africa and Asia.


The World Partnership Walk is Canada's largest annual event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Aga Khan Foundation.


One hundred per cent of all funds raised go to help people in developing countries.


This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Partnership Walk.

Since the Walk's inception, more than $ 45 million has been raised in support of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, making it the largest and most successful event of its kind in Canada.

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Canadians Across the Country Join in Fight Against Global Poverty
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
(Sunday, June 7th in Ottawa
Sunday, June 14th in Calgary)
www.worldpartnershipwalk.com

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.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2009/31/c9452.html
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Walkers raise $75K to fight global poverty
TheRecord.com - Local - Walkers raise $75K to fight global poverty

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KITCHENER

About 800 people laced up their shoes in Kitchener's Victoria Park and raised more than $75,000 to fight global poverty.

They were taking part in the World Partnership Walk, a fundraising event for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada that began in Vancouver in 1985.

"Money is still coming in," convener Basheer Habib said shortly before the walk through this downtown park.

This is the 25th anniversary of this fundraising event in Canada and the 18th year since residents in Waterloo Region took up the cause.

The event was held concurrently Sunday in seven Canadian cities, including Kitchener.

"There will be about 70,000 people walking coast-to-coast to bring awareness and raise money to alleviate poverty," Habib said in an interview.

Since its inception, more than $40 million has been raised and all of the funds go directly to development programs in Africa and Asia.

None of the money will go toward to fighting local poverty, he said.

Victoria Park was dotted with blue and orange balloons and banners and signs to encourage the walkers.

"Walk the walk. Change the world," read one sign. "We have fantastic support here," Habib said.
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25th Edition of World Partnership Walk in Ottawa
June 7, 2009
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The 25th Edition of the World Partnership Walk in Ottawa takes place today, Sunday, June 7th at Confederation Park (Laurier and Elgin). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk commences at 11:30am.

Let us together, with family, friends and colleagues, walk the Walk along the scenic Rideau Canal, be inspired by an interactive Global Village and support the fight against global poverty.

Organized by dedicated volunteers in nine cities across the country, the Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to communities in some of the world’s most isolated and impoverished regions. All funds raised by participants (100%) go directly to programs in international development. Not a cent in spent on administration. Support for the Walk also helps AKFC leverage additional contributions from major donors like the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

This year, the Walk is expected to involve more than 70,000 people as participants and donors in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. As well, some 800 corporations are involved.

In addition to taking part in the 5-kilometre walk along the Rideau Canal, participants are invited to visit the Global Village – an interactive display that showcases, through images, voices and stories, the many ways in which Canada and Canadians are supporting long-term, positive change among impoverished communities in Asia and Africa.

It’s not too late to join the World Partnership Walk as an individual Ambassador, a team or a corporate donor. Donations can be made in person on Walk Day or online, securely and easily, by visiting www.worldpartnershipwalk.com or by calling 1-800-267-2532.

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More media coverage of World Partnership Walk 2009 in Canada June 7, 2009
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Vancouver 24 Hours – Cover Story June 1, 2009

The Vancouver Sun – May 31, 2009

The Vancouver Sun – Photo Gallery

The Province – June 1, 2009

Vancouver 24 hours – Video on the Walk

Gallery of Walk Day Photos

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Video: AKF Canada committed to enhancing the role of women in the development process

July 11, 2009
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Smart Solutions – Gender development initiative

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is committed to enhancing the role of women in the development process. This means creating leadership opportunities for women, from village organizations that manage schools and health services in Mozambique to income-generating groups that improve the circumstances of entire communities in Pakistan.

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