Six Canadian cities — Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina and Toronto — hosted the 34th World Partnership Walk (WPW) on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, 2018, to raise funds to end global poverty. The Walk in Toronto was a truly remarkable day for thousands with the surprise appearance of His Highness the Aga Khan’s youngest son, Prince Aly Muhammad.

An initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), the WPW was held earlier on May 27 and June 3 in Victoria and Ottawa respectively. Similar walks will be held on Sunday June 24 in Kitchener and London. The Partnership Walk’s history dates back to 1985 when  a group of women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of AKFC. All had come from Africa or Asia and wanted to give back to the communities they left behind. They persuaded 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000. That first walk grew into an annual event, held in 10 cities across Canada with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers, corporate sponsors and participants. Thirty-three years later, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $100 million — making it the largest event in Canada in support of international development.

We are pleased to provide tweets by many excited individuals who were present at the walk in Toronto. We welcome readers to submit photos and videos that they took during the walk, and to also share with us stories of their encounters with Prince Aly during the walk. Email them to us at simerg@aol.com or share them at Barakah’s facebook page http://www.facebook.com/1000fold.

Date posted: June 18, 2018.
Last updated: June 18, 2018 (with factual corrections; also added video of Prince Aly Aga Khan’s remarks).

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