Participants in last year’s Walk Away From Racism march through Campbell River’s downtown streets to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.

Campbell River’s 17th annual Walk Away From Racism set for March 23

For 16 years, the Immigrant Welcome Centre has hosted the Walk Away from Racism

With anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day just passed, it is a time to reflect on how inclusive our community is.

For 16 years, the Immigrant Welcome Centre has hosted the Walk Away from Racism, a necessary event to celebrate diversity and heighten awareness of inclusion within the Campbell River area.  The 17th Annual Walk Away From Racism is a fun, free, family event with live entertainment, children’s activities, snacks and beverages. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Campbell River Community Centre and runs until 1:30 p.m.  This year they are offering booth space for Interfaith and community groups who would like to share, support the event and create a greater presence within the community. Booth spaces are still available.

The “Walk Away from Racism” is the largest event of its kind in British Columbia, and is held in honour of the United Nations, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“This internationally recognized day is important because it provides an opportunity to gather and promote harmony in the community. Come celebrate diversity and help create inclusion in Campbell River – if you’ve never attended before then don’t miss the 17th Annual Walk Away From Racism,” said Rachel Blaney, Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Centre. This year, they are seeking volunteers to assist with general duties including setup, teardown, street marshalls and face painters.  If you or your community group would like to be involved, contact the Immigrant Welcome Centre at (250) 830-0171.