Globally Conscious Canadians Walk to Fight Poverty
By Dilshaan Panjwani
On Sunday, May 26, Torontonians walked to end global poverty and generously contributed to the World Partnership Walk, which is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). The Walk is held annually in ten cities across Canada, attracting thousands of globally conscious Canadians who value Canada's noble tradition of caring about peace, prosperity, stability and development of the global communities.
Over the years, the Walk has raised over $75 million in individual and corporate donations to fight global poverty. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly for international development projects supporting education, health, water and food security, and business entrepreneurship.
Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada indicated that AKFC's important long-standing partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will continue with a new program to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Asia and Africa. The funds raised through the Walk support
this project that aims to improve the lives of over a million mothers and children by enhancing healthcare and better nutrition practices in Mali, Mozambique, Afghanistan and northern provinces of Pakistan.
A spokesperson to Premier Wynne commented, “The Premier was thrilled to participate in her 10th World Partnership Walk. The World Partnership Walk, and the Aga Khan Foundation, work tirelessly to support poverty reduction around the world and foster a spirit of inclusion and celebrate diversity here in Ontario."
Many dignitaries also participated in the Walk. John Tory was the Master of Ceremonies. Fiaz Basaria, Volunteer Convenor of the Walk, welcomed Toronto City Councillor John Parker, Hon. Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP, Bahadur Madhani, Chair of YMCA Canada and other VIPs.