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Toronto Couples for Christ walk to raise funds for the poor

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Members of Couples for Christ Vaughan Chapter urge everyone to support them on ANCOP Walk on August 15. PHOTO BY MARISA ROQUE

TORONTO, Ontario – Want to help poor families in the Philippines and Africa, help build homes for the poor? You can start by walking.

The 11th ANCOP Canada walk-for-a-cause day is on Saturday, August 15, starting from David Pecaut Square. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10.

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ANCOP, an ancronym for “Answering the Cry of the Poor,” is an organization founded by Couples for Christ (CFC), a global Catholic community present in over 100 countries.

ANCOP Canada started the very first walk to raise awareness and solicit financial support for the ANCOP Child Sponsorship Program.

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To help alleviate the plight of the poor, ANCOP has two major programs. One is child sponsorship, where children from poor families in the Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya and India are provided schooling for elementary, high school and vocational/technical/college courses.

The other program is community development, in which ANCOP assists in building homes for the poor. It also participates in humanitarian relief operations in the countries where it operates.

“Simultaneous walks will be held by ANCOP supporters in different cities in Canada and the USA, as well as in various countries where ANCOP is present, among them the Philippines, Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Indonesia, Kuwait, Germany, and New Zealand,” says Rollie Cruz, coordinator of the Vaughan CFC Chapter.

In Canada, ANCOP walks are held in major Canadian cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Ft. McMurray, Lethbridge, Ottawa, and Winnipeg on August 22.  Regina, Saskatoon, and Vancouver will have theirs on August 23.  Victoria and Windsor are set for August 30. Yellowknife was the first, holding its walk August 2. Meanwhile, Hamilton, Montreal, and Toronto will have their walks also on Saturday, August 15.

“More walkers and pledges are welcome to help us meet ANCOP’s fundraising goal of $1,000,000.  Register online via Facebook or the website: http://walk.ancopcanada.org,” Cruz adds. “Or call 1-877-692-6267.”

Donations and pledges toward sending a poor child to school or helping build communities will earn donors a tax receipt from ANCOP International (Canada) Inc., a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency with Business Registration Number 879350312RR0001.

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