March 21 is the international day recognizing the events of March 21, 1960, when 69 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa for protesting apartheid.
The Walk Away from Racism on Saturday is Campbell River’s way of supporting individuals that experience racial discrimination, where hundreds of Campbell Riverites have walked away over the past 14 years – away from racism, toward a more tolerant and inclusive community. The annual walk is a community-building event, held in commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Rachel Blaney, Executive Coordinator of the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association, credits the event’s success to, “the collaboration of our dedicated community partners support from City of Campbell River since the beginning, and the people of Campbell River who are committed to supporting a diverse community.”
Blaney believes that “as well as making a statement against racism, participants also enjoy this free family-focussed, community day, full of multicultural entertainment and diversity activities. Campbell River should be proud that it holds the record for the longest standing and most highly attended event of this nature in B.C.”
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Centre on 11th Avenue, with a social gathering and live multicultural entertainment as well as, face painting, children’s activities and crafts in Family Place (until 1 p.m).
At 11 a.m .,participants head out on the 1 km walk through the downtown core.
“The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible,” says Blaney, “so everyone can participate. Please bring the whole family.”
For more information contact Multicultural Services Association at 250-830-0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.