Photo Essay: The Aga Khan Foundation World Partnership Walk in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, on June 9 2013

Neighbouring Cities Show Passion and Enthusiasm for Improving Humanity

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From a distant, Waterloo Square, 75 King Street  in Waterloo, Canada, site of the World Partnership Walk for the past 3 years. Several hundred people from the surrounding cities of Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo converge here to raise funds for Aga Khan Foundation Canada which supports numerous projects around the world.

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A life-size poster explaining the Walk’s objective

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A tent with a display of Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s support for projects around the world

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A life-size poster: Aga Khan Foundation Canada in Bangladesh

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A life-size poster: Aga Khan Foundation Canada in Egypt
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l to r: Noordin and Mariam Makhani with Nizar and Nazlin Shariff. Nizar was one of the founders of the walk when it began in Kitchener’s Victoria Park in the early 1990’s.

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Fatima, left, from Guelph went around distributing ‘clappers’ to the crowd. 

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Emcee, Priya Mann of CTV requesting all walkers to the start line

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Gathering at the start line

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Dignitaries about to launch the walk with the cutting of the ribbon

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The ribbon is down, walk commences

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People of all ages and from all communities commence the hour-long walk on  a very warm and sunny day in Waterloo

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Enthusiasm and spirit for an extraordinary cause.

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Cool car next to the entertainment stage

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The walk – bringing community and sponsors together

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By his expression,  the stroller is a barrier. He wishes to walk with the rest.

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In the footsteps of the walkers who are a hundred metres ahead. 

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Tracy Shewfelt (left) community outreach coordinator for Peter Braid (right), Member of Parliament  for Kitchener-Waterloo

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Team of volunteers prepare for lunch

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Members of the donations team which collected completed partnership books

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Volunteers at the food coupons desk. $7.00 combo – Harveys hamburger, Ms. Vickie’s Chips, a soft-drink and, to finish, an ice cream.

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Fareen Sayani, Shazmin Dosani, Rabia Dhanani and Salma Dhanani selling special items . Water bottles and hats were the most popular.

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Unpacking m & m boxes – each walker received the treat

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Some arrived too early from the walk

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Cheerful faces – serious walkers. Cell phones missing 

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Liam Jadavji, age 9, Grade 3

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l to r – Proud youth; Marina, Hajera and Deena Noori on King Street

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m & m awaits them

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750 metres to the finish line

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Smiles galore

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Undisturbed by the traffic

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Hussein and Naushin of Kitchener with their triplets, Zaim, Ilaan and Kaleb who will all be two in July

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Yasmin and Salmin Pardhan

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Long time Guelph resident Sadru Khamis (left) with Barkat Lalani

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KPMG Team – walk supporters

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A family of four

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Guelph’s Mansur Jaffer (l) and Mehdi Dholasanyia

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Hanif Karim, Grade 8, with Rubina Kassam of Hamilton. In the stroller, Aalia (left) 8 months and Amar, 3 years.

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Alina Yusufi, 2 years old

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Charming Julnar (l), age 6, Grade 1, with Maleeha, age 5, Snr. Kindergarten

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Seated for the entertainment

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Joel Afovia, French teacher, originally of Togo assisting as a volunteer

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Lunch queue

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Henna art

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Ms. Vickie’s chips, soft drinks and hamburgers from Harveys

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Almost the last bite of the Harveys

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Team WOW from Kitchener – calling out for the missing!

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A more complete team WOW!

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Team WLISA (Waterloo and Laurier Ismaili Students Association)

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Team Guelph Partnership 2013 consisted of 28 individuals who raised $30,000.00

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Stage entertainment – Bollywood dance

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Performance by Kitchener Kicks, Waterloo Region’s most versatile martial arts school

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Global Village Exhibit

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The Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s World Partnership Walk will continue in 2014

Date posted: Monday, June 10, 2013.

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5 thoughts on “Photo Essay: The Aga Khan Foundation World Partnership Walk in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, on June 9 2013

  1. Good coverage of individuals on this walk as each of us is an individual doing our bit to help society. But I must point out, being in healthcare, that we might also promote healthy eating and wellbeing in our meal choices…M nd ms..really? was the walk that long? Wouldn’t orange slices be more refreshing? or grapes? Also does everything have to revolve around food and are there healthier choices? We are walking for poverty..be intersting to have facts on how much each meal cost as well just as FYI..might add to the information process for children and adults alike. Point of futher conversation….
    Thanks!

  2. Hi! I was one of the dancers at the WPW in KW this past Sunday! I just noticed you have us listed as “Afghani dancers”, and wanted to clarify! The three dancing in the photo were performing Bollywood style dance, and the other three off to the side of the stage performed Middle Eastern bellydance.

    Beautiful photo essay! Thanks for putting this post together!

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