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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