Each year, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) hosts the World Partnership Walk in 10 cities across Canada. AKFC, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating global poverty, has worked with Canadians for over 30 years to improve the quality of life of those living in Africa and Asia. The organization has made a significant impact in many crucial areas within international development, such as increasing access to quality education and healthcare and generating economic opportunities for women and men. The Walk is – you guessed it – a walk-a-thon that strives to bring awareness to these issues and encourage us to give back. According to its website, “…the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $95 million – making it the largest event in Canada in support of international development.” Also, 100% of those donations goes directly into AKFC’s overseas programs and initiatives. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is!
I’ve participated in Toronto’s Walk for nearly twenty years and started fundraising about ten years ago. In recent years, my fundraising goals have been between $1,500 and $2,000; I always meet those goals thanks to your generous donations! I’m currently at $1,425 and I could really use your support to reach $2,000 by this Sunday, May 29th (the date of the Walk)! By the way, if you ever hear me say that no donation is too small, know that I’m not saying it to get you to donate to me. I’m saying it because it’s true – just $25 or $50 can provide food, education and/or healthcare to someone in dire need of it. Not only will you feel proud for donating to an amazing cause and event, you’ll also have joined the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who recognize how crucial it is to give generously to a good cause.
It’s disappointing that we often take for granted these basic amenities that so many people are forced to live without. In Canada, for example, we have an excellent education system and (mostly) free healthcare. We complain about the government increasing our taxes and the annual rises in housing prices, but in reality, we’re incredibly lucky to have access to good jobs and a roof over our heads. While there is indeed poverty in this country, the majority of us don’t have to worry about where our next meal will come from or how many years of elementary school we’ll make it through before dropping out to help raise our families. These overwhelming concerns are the reality of many people living in developing countries, and that’s why I choose to raise money for them. I’ve witnessed poverty in Africa; no one should have to live like that. Those underprivileged children should be living carefree lives and eventually making plans for university and their careers, and their mothers and fathers should be learning new trades and finding steady jobs while keeping their families afloat financially. These goals are what AKFC is working towards accomplishing and I’m so proud to say that I’m a small part of those incredible efforts. Wouldn’t you like to say that you are, too?
If you’d like to donate, please do so here. Thanks in advance! 🙂