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Walkathon to support Toronto groups

Beth Richards — September 1983

A walkathon for peace is not just another demonstration. It’s a combination protest, fundraiser, consciousness-raiser — and a test of stamina.

On October 2, participants in the Refuse the Cruise Walkathon will cover 22 kilometres. Starting from City Hall at 12 noon, the walkers will cover an area bounded by Broadview Avenue in the east and High Park in the west.

The itinerary was chosen in order to demonstrate the area of damage caused by a nuclear warhead. If an armed cruise missile were to hit City Hall, the area covered by the walkathon would be vaporised or destroyed by firestorms and 200km/hr winds. It’s a devastating thought, but it may be a reality someday if cruise missiles are tested and deployed.

The funds generated by the walkers and their sponsors will be divided between several Toronto disarmament groups and coalitions. One third of the funds will be used to finance the October 22 march, and another third will be used for the November 11 Remembrance Day events. The remaining third will be given to various Toronto Disarmament Network groups, allocated by the choice of the participating walkers. Pledge sheets are available at CANDIS, the TDN, and the Cruise Missile Conversion Project offices. Call CANDIS at xxx-xxxx for addresses or general information.

Rest stations Serving up refreshments and plenty of encouragement will be scattered along the route at regular intervals. The walk will wind up at City Hall for a rally with music and entertainment. CANDIS is enlisting as many walkers as possible, so get out your sturdiest shoes and give us a call.