Over 12,000 people are expected to walk through Stanley Park this Sunday to support development programs like education in Afghanistan.
The World Partnership Walk, organized through the Aga Khan Foundation, will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Lumbermen’s Arch.
Organizer Shellina Lakhdhir said the foundation is hoping to raise over $2 million at the Vancouver walk.
“This event is really catered for the entire family,” she said. “It’s a wonderful Canadian ethic of caring for the less fortunate that can be promoted within a family.”
The walk, now in its 26th year, is designed to raise funds to support development initiatives in Asia and Africa, including primary education in northern Afghanistan and agriculture programs in Kenya.
In addition to the fundraiser in Stanley Park, similar events will take place in nine other cities across the country over the next few weeks, including walks in Edmonton, Toronto and Victoria on Sunday.
Since the first walk took place in Vancouver in 1985, the event has raised more than $50 million across the country. All funds raised go directly towards development initiatives.
“All contributions are going towards long-term sustainable development that is community-led — that empowers people to fish for themselves rather than wait for a fish,” said Lakhdhir.
The 5-km walk will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and food and multicultural entertainment will take place until 3 p.m.
Source: The Province