Oct. 24, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A walk in support of peace and the abandoned children of northern Uganda will take place in Fredericton this Saturday, Oct. 25.
The annual Fredericton GuluWalk will take place following The Youth Forum, being held at St. Thomas University to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The forum is being organized by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.
The GuluWalk began with only two people in July 2005 and grew into a worldwide movement for peace. This year, tens of thousands are expected to take part in walks in cities throughout the world. This year's slogan is, Where will YOU walk?
"I encourage all participants in The Youth Forum and all residents of the Fredericton region to walk to support the struggle for peace in northern Uganda," said Gordon L. Porter, chair of the human rights commission.
Porter said the GuluWalk has raised awareness about northern Uganda, and fundraising held in conjunction with the walk worldwide has raised more than $1 million for children's programs in that region.
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the walk starting at 4:15 p.m. at Holy Cross House, St. Thomas University. The walk will proceed from Holy Cross House, down Windsor Street to Kings College Road, and across to Odell Park. The walk will make a loop through Odell Park, arriving at the intersecton of Montgomery and Smythe streets, and return to St. Thomas along Montgomery Street.
More information about GuluWalk Fredericton may be found at http://guluwalk.com/fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3207.