The weather was perfect for more than 4,800 walkers who participated in the Aga Khan Foundation’s Dallas Partnership Walk in downtown Dallas on Saturday.
The walk, one of five held in major cities across the United States, is organized by a huge network of volunteers to raise funds to help fight global poverty. The 3-kilometer trek started and ended at Dallas City Hall Plaza, where an array of booths were set up to offer a variety of ethnic food as well as display creative projects that inspire hope.
“The theme for this year is ‘Planting Our Future,’ ” said media coordinator Rafiq Lakhani. He pointed out that in the Village in Action, participants could engage in interactive activities “to learn how people in developing countries overcome the challenges of low income, poor health conditions and limited education opportunities.”
In the Village, Seed City and Sprout Town highlighted how pottery, baking, weaving, sewing and other talents can flourish into businesses with the help of microfinancing from the foundation.
Sprout Town included a tree of hope covered in colorful cards that held wishes by children. “I hope that poor people can have more money and start living happily,” wrote Ali.
“Always help others” was Sana’s wish.
Speakers included broadcasters Jody Dean, Seema Mathur and Brad Hawkins. Bob Ray Sanders was the master of ceremonies. Singing and cultural dancing were part of the entertainment at the five-hour-plus event. Visit http://www.partnershipsinaction.org/walk.