Toronto has long been known as an international city, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the generous outpouring of support we give to citizens around the world.
One such event occurred this past Saturday, when over a thousand people marched from the corner of Yonge and Lawrence to Queen’s Park. They did it to raise money for children they might never meet, in a country they might never visit.
The Gulu Walk raises funds to provide education and rehabilitation to kids affected by war in Uganda.
“It started with just two people in Toronto in 2005,” describes Eva Salinas, Outreach and Media Relations Officer, Athletes For Africa. AFA runs the Gulu Walk.
“They walked from their home to City Hall every night for 31 days and slept there for a few hours and walked back to mimic what the children of Northern Uganda were doing to seek safety.”
Youth from rural areas walked every night to urban centres like Gulu to avoid abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group known for its use of child soldiers.
While the night commuting has temporarily stopped, thousands of people have been displaced and now live in camps.
But thanks to the efforts of Toronto, what started with two people has now grown into a worldwide event where tens of thousands of people walk for peace, raising over $1 million in the process.
Where does the money go?
- 75 percent of all money raised from GuluWalk is allocated to children’s programs on the ground in northern Uganda
- administration fees consume less than 10 percent of the budget
- the remainder going to awareness and education initiatives that let the world know about the plight of the children in northern Uganda.
Information courtesy guluwalk.com