On Oct. 16, despite a forecast of rain for the day, about 50 people gathered for the St. James Cathedral and Community Refugee Committee’s walkathon in response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Participants included committee members, St. James Cathedral parishioners, Bishop Andrew Asbil, Dean Stephen Vail, friends and family, including Fragomen Canada and Talent Beyond Boundaries staff and newcomer families who were previously supported through the committee’s past refugee sponsorships. They met at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. While the group came prepared to walk, rain or shine, with umbrellas in hand, they were blessed with clear skies and no rain for the two-hour, 6km walk along the serene edge of the Don River. Funds raised will go towards the sponsorship of one or two Afghan families to be resettled in Canada with the support of the committee.
Submitted by the St. James Cathedral and Community Refugee Committee.