SO Vancouver Sun (VSUN)
LP --- Walk to benefit Asia, Africa --- More than 8,000 walkers nationwide are expected to participate in the fifth annual 10-kilometre Partnership Walk Sunday to raise money for health, education and rural developments in Africa and Asia.
TX The Vancouver walk, (others are planned for Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal), begins at 11 a.m. from Lumbermen's Arch and winds through Stanley Park, returning to the Arch at about 1 p.m. * The Walk is sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, which supports a wide range of projects in Africa and Asia designed to improve living conditions and protect the environment. Last year's walk raised approximately $400,000. "The Walk celebrates a special approach to international development, based on partnership rather than giving and * receiving," Aga Khan Foundation spokesman Nazeer Ladhani said. Guest of honor in Vancouver will be Mary Collins, associate minister of national defence and Conservative MP for Capilano-Howe Sound. The opening ceremonies will be marked by the symbolic planting of a tree to illustrate the growth of partnership between Canada and the world and a portion of the funds raised will be used to help families in Third World countries plant a tree of their own in order to enrich their land and increase income. For further information on the walk, either as a participant or * sponsor, contact the Aga Khan Foundation Canada at 939-2845. LOCAL KEYWORDS: FUND RAISING
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