MONTREAL: According to initial figures, a whopping $5,000,000 has already been raised from World Partnership Walks held in seven Canadian cities.
Final walks in Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo and Calgary are scheduled for this Sunday.
There is optimism the $6,000,000 raised last year will be easily surpassed.
In Montreal, more than $150,000 has been raised with more monies trickling in every day.
About 2,000 people participated in the walk in Montreal last Sunday.
It was bright, sunny, breezy and a perfect day for the walk.
Among the participants in the 27th annual walk to fight global poverty were the deputy leader of the National Democratic Party Thomas Mulcar, who is the Member of Parliament for Outremont, and the Liberal MP for Papineau Justin Trudeau, who is also the eldest son of Canada’s former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Funds raised from World Partnership Walks, an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, support programs in health, education and rural development, as well as supporting community based organizations, particularly in Asia and Africa.
Last year, more than 40,000 Canadians participated in this popular event, which is now the longest running fundraiser of this kind in aid of global development.
Aga Khan Foundation currently funds more than 40 development initiatives in a dozen developing countries.
Not a single cent is spent on administration, which are covered by the foundation.
With the assistance of the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the impact of funds raised in the country is multiplied many times.