SATURDAY UPDATE: Support follows Walk of Hope

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Walk of Hope organizer Conrad Burns is seen with Prince Albert Community Clinic Co-operative Health Centre family wellness worker Rhoda Peekeekoot at the front of this year’s walk to Saskatoon. 

Horns are honking in support of the Walk of Hope along Highway 11 to Saskatoon -- “constantly, all day long,” organizer Conrad Burns said on Saturday.

 

Headed by Burns, the Walk of Hope began at Prince Albert City Hall on Friday morning and has continued southbound to Saskatoon. It is intended to raise awareness about violence against women.

The walk’s supportive atmosphere began early on in Prince Albert, where while walking south down Second Avenue West a supporter brought the group of five slush drinks from the Mohawk gas station.

From there, the number of supporters grew.

Along the way, people have handed the group donations, food and drinks.

By the early evening, about 16 people and four vehicles had joined the procession to Duck Lake, where the group spent the night.

“It was beautiful,” Burns said. “We pretty much had the campsite to ourselves, and it was pretty relaxing.”

A group from Beardy’s First Nation fed walkers in the evening.

Today (Saturday), the group is on the road to Hague.

There is change and people want a change, and abuse is not the norm. Conrad Burns

Talking to the Daily Herald by cell phone at the side of the road, Burns said that he’s been surprised by the “support and enthusiasm by everyone who’s participated” thus far.

“There is change and people want a change, and abuse is not the norm.”

The group had dwindled to five by 1:30 p.m., although Burns anticipates it growing as they near Hague.

The group will spend Saturday night at Rosthern Valley Regional Park.

Thanks to a workout regiment that includes running, Burns said that he doesn’t have any blisters, yet, but that the four people currently joining him have blisters.

The Daily Herald will continue catching up with Burns and his group throughout their walking trip to Saskatoon for updates. 

Organizations: Daily Herald

Geographic location: Prince Albert City Hall, Saskatoon, Hague Duck Lake Beardy Rosthern Valley Regional Park

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