WHEREAS since its inception in 1985, the World Partnership Walk has grown from modest beginnings to being the largest annual event in Canada that promotes and supports effective international development based on partnership with the people of the developing world.
On May 27, 2012, thousands of people of all ages, from cities across Canada and from different backgrounds and walks of life, will participate in this event as volunteers, walkers and sponsors, to show their support for those less fortunate in communities around the world.
The objective of the Walk is to increase public awareness of the vital role Canada plays in the field of international development and to highlight the significant advancements being made by the people of the developing world.
The Walk also raises funds to help reduce global poverty through cost-effective and innovative undertakings that seek to improve the standards of health and education, enhance gender equality, protect the environment and increase incomes in poor areas of Asia and Africa.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27, 2012 as "World Partnership Walk Day"in the City of Toronto to recognize the tremendous commitment and contribution of everyone to raise awareness and bring positive change to developing communities around the world.