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Brenda Jefferies, REVIEW STAFF

Brenda Jefferies, REVIEW STAFF

GREAT STRIDES: (Left to right) Arlene Brown, Hella Raufeisen, Glady McCullum, Gisela Smithson, Diane Hicks, Marianne Vogel, Donna Miedema and Nancy Mills will be on hand at Valens Conservation Area for the Women Walk the World event April 28.

Walking for a better world

By Brenda Jefferies, REVIEW STAFF

Women’s Institute members around the world are lacing up for a good cause at the end of this month.

The Strabane chapter of the WI organizes a weekly walking club on local scenic trails; on April 28 they will be joined by WI members from Rockton and Westover, as well as area residents, when they put one foot in front of the other as part of Women Walk the World.

The event, organized by the Association of Country Women of the World, aims to raise funds to boost families in developing countries.

“All the countries’ WIs assist in many ways,” explained Strabane WI member Gladys McCullum, who is also an avid hiker and member of the chapter’s walking club.

Rockton WI member Nancy Mills noted that programs include resources and information on agricultural-related items such as seeds and animals and teaches women skills such as sewing. Health information is also provided.

“Close to 100 developing countries benefit,” said Mills, who will be on hand for the event.

Although international in scope, WI district branches organize their own walks, which take place the last weekend of April. The local walkers will meet at the gates of Valens Conservation area on Regional Road 97 just west of Freelton, and will enjoy a scenic hike on the trails. The cost to participate is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the ACWW programs.

In addition to the ACWW walk, district WI clubs are also planning to boost their myriad projects with a special fundraiser featuring the Puslinch Country Squires at Marian Hall in Freelton on Friday, April 27. The  Country Music Fiddle show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and promises toe-tapping jigs, reels and waltzes. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and are available by calling 905-659-7275 or 905-659-3069.

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