Sunday, June 17th was a hot, sunny day in Toronto, reaching a high of 40°C with humidity. Like every year, thousands of people gathered to share their commitment and celebrate their successful efforts to raise funds and awareness to end global poverty through World Partnership Walk.
This year, however, the atmosphere at David Pecaut Square was different: a palpable sense of excitement ran through the growing crowd of walkers and volunteers.
Addressing the audience, Aga Khan Foundation Canada Chief Executive Officer Khalil Z. Shariff noted that “Every World Partnership Walk is special, but this one… this Walk is extra special,” to a clearly delighted audience. “We have the extraordinary honour of having with us today Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan.”
Prince Aly Muhammad is the youngest son of His Highness the Aga Khan. He was present to support the Walk and to meet some of the many Canadians who contribute to improving the quality of life in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world.
In his remarks, Prince Aly Muhammad spoke passionately about a recent trip to witness the challenges of global development firsthand – and speak with the individuals and communities working with the Aga Khan Development Network to lead positive change in their societies. Written, directed and voiced by Prince Aly Muhammad, the short film “Close to Home” (English only) is his personal account of his discussions with communities in northern Pakistan, and how the AKDN is partnering with them to find solutions to the problems caused by a changing climate.
More at the source: Aga Khan Foundation Canada / June 19, 2018 / Photo: Salina Kassam