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Montreal Cyclists Pedal for Hope

Amid a throng of well-wishers, Muslim and Ayesha Harji, concluded their extraordinary 11,900-kilometre cycling trip through Africa at the World Partnership Walk on May 28, in Mount-Royal Park. 
Dubbed Pedal for Hope, the father-daughter cycling duo encouraged friends and family to pledge their support to their four-and-half-month journey, by sending donations to Aga Khan Foundation Canada. 
The outpouring was impressive. On Walk day, the Harjis presented Dr. Karima Fazal-Karim, the Montreal convenor, with a cheque for $50,000. 

“It would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for us to achieve this without the help and encouragement of each and every one of you,” Ayesha wrote in an email to supporters. “None of us ever imagined such an outpouring of generosity!”

Traveling through deserts and mountains, they endured scorching heat and bitter cold as they cycled through Egypt, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. 

While in Tanzania, Ayesha, a recently-graduated international relations student at Mount Allison University, took time to visit a teacher training program supported by AKFC. “I was so impressed,” she said. “I was able to put a face to the cause we were raising money for.”



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