SUNDAY UPDATE: On the road for the 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.

 

On Sunday, Burns decided to take note of the number of supporters, counting 67 honks between the day’s 10:30 a.m. startup and the Daily Herald’s 4:30 p.m. phone check-in.

Headed by Burns, the Walk of Hope began at Prince Albert City Hall on Friday morning and has continued southbound on its way to Saskatoon.

It is intended to raise awareness about violence against women.

Click HERE for a story about Friday's kick-off rally at Prince Albert City Hall.

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, peaking at about 16 on Friday night in Duck Lake, where they spent their first night camping.

Although they’d intended on spending their second night camping at Rosthern Valley Regional Park, family issues split the group between Prince Albert and Saskatoon for the night.

The temporary break-up was a blessing in disguise, Burns said.

In Prince Albert he had a tonsure bandage put on his sore knee, for which he also took joint medication and painkillers.

Although a little worse for wear, the group reconvened where they left off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, progressing to Warman by the Daily Herald’s 4:30 p.m. phone call.

At that point, Burns counted 11 supporters making their way south down Highway 11 to Saskatoon.

Sunday night will be spent at family and friends’ places in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, with the group reconvening in Wanuskewin in the morning for the last leg of their journey to Saskatoon City Hall.

They’ll meet at Lawson Heights Mall at 1 p.m. and progress to city hall for a closing rally.

Inviting various Saskatoon media, Burns hopes to make an even bigger splash than the then-small group made at the Prince Albert City Hall kickoff on Friday.

Although their journey isn’t yet over, judging from the support they’ve garnered thus far, Burns said with confidence on Sunday that the walk will become an annual thing.

“Originally this wasn’t an annual thing,” he said. “It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but I’m happy to see it take a life of its own.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Duck Lake, Rosthern Valley Regional Park

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