The Peterborough chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) invites everyone –women, children and men – to enjoy some belly dancing fun, prizes, refreshments, Afghan crafts, an inspiring talk and information about Afghanistan, and a fundraising walk, all on the same afternoon!
The event is the 9th annual Red Pashmina Walk Saturday, April 27 at Emmanuel East United Church in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Registration for the walk begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 2 p.m. by Dr. Lauryn Oates, executive director of the national CW4WAfghan, who will share stories from Afghanistan.
Following her talk, there will be a special presentation by Red Pashmina Inc., and Mayor Diane Therrien will proclaim Red Pashmina Week (April 27 to May 4).
The walk, which raises funds for the education of women and their families in Afghanistan, begins at 3 p.m. and will be an easy (less than an hour) walk suitable for strollers, but not bikes as it uses city sidewalks. For those not wishing to walk the far distance, there will be a shorter walk.
Zarmina Nekzai, an Afghan woman from Barrie, will be joining walkers. The following week she will be walking from Barrie to Ottawa to raise money for her Hockey Girls of Kabul project.
After the Red Pashmina walk, Anne Cameron of Kitchener, who has raised thousands of dollars for CW4WAfgan through her belly dancing events, will be on hand to lead participants in belly dancing fun. There will be refreshments, and Afghan crafts and Red Pashmina products will be for sale, as well.
CW4WAfghan has been working since 1998 in partnership with Afghan women to provide basic education, train teachers, set up community libraries and literacy programs, and use technology to further education.
The event’s speaker, Dr. Lauryn Oates, is responsible for the overall planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation of the programs in Afghanistan, overseeing 20 ongoing education projects including two small community schools and school equipment, teacher training, educational resources, literacy classes, professional development workshops, an orphanage and community libraries.
Bring pledge sheets and money to the walk and don’t forget to wear your Red Pashminas! To pre-register for the walk, or obtain a pledge sheet, contact Daphne at 705-656-3820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Registration is available the day of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m.)
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