When: Saturday, July 9, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST
What: a 3K walk along Lake Michigan, followed by speakers.
Where: Diversey Harbor, Chicago, IL; Participants will gather at 11:30AM at the Diversey Harbor Grove (Barry Ave and Lake Shore Drive West), depart for the walk-a-thon at noon, and re-convene for the rally and speaker program at 2PM
Details: As South Sudan celebrates its independence on July 9th, Youth United for Darfur -- the Chicagoland coalition of high shools and colleges working together for peace and education for the people of Darfur -- will hold its inaugural Walk with Darfur. The walk will take place on Saturday afternoon in downtown Chicago, in conjunction with the Sudanese Community Association of Illinois' celebration of the independence of South Sudan.
Following the walk-a-thon, the program will include a rally in support of peace in Sudan. Speakers will include Sudanese Community Association Executive Director Malual Awak, and Meghan Higginbotham, a Dream Team Official from the anti-genocide group the Enough Project, along with prominent elected officials and Chicago sports figures.
The money raised from the walk-a-thon pledges and suggested donations of $25 will support Darfuri refugee education through the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program. In addition to raising funds, the event will promote peace in Sudan's Darfur region, and celebrate the official recognition of South Sudan as an independent nation. The program will also emphasize the importance and urgency of keeping the peace in Darfur and establishing the foundation of education to ensure a more positive future for the people of Darfur and Sudan.