By: Julie Slack

Brothers Amyn (left) and Rahim Mawani are passionate about poverty after witnessing circumstances of the very poor in countries such as Kenya and Cuba.

June 9, 2008 01:29 PM – An eight-year-old Mississauga boy has raised more than $10,000 in his quest to end world poverty.

Amyn Mawani recently walked from Toronto’s Metro Hall, along with thousands of Torontonians, at the 24th annual World Partnership Walk. The largest event of its kind in Canada, the five-kilometre fundraising walk helps alleviate global poverty. Some 38,000 people participated in the event in nine cities across Canada.

Last year, the walk raised more than $5 million.

Amyn, who raised $10,000 through pledges from friends and family, and his brother, Rahim, 16, are passionate about poverty after witnessing circumstances of the very poor in countries such as Kenya and Cuba, and hearing stories of their own father’s childhood of poverty in Kenya.

Together, they formed a 13-member team, End to Poverty, which raised $11,768 in total, with Amyn raising the majority of the funds. Rahim raised more than $600.

The brothers also made a lifetime commitment to the cause.

“Our goal is dedicated to helping the three billion people who live on less than $2 per day,” said Rahim. “One goal is to raise $1 per Canadian, which is $35 million annually. Our lifetime total goal is $99 billion. We know it is a big goal, but we are ready to start small and grow together with our supporters and socially responsible Canadian citizens.”

Amyn and Rahim have been participating in the walk with their parents, Nizar and Rafika, for as long as they can remember.

All funds raised through the World Partnership Walk go directly to programs supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a private Canadian development agency.

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