Ricki’s takes ‘steps’ to combat poverty

Women’s clothing chain Ricki’s is stepping up for a good cause this month. The retailer is once again hosting its annual Walk to End Poverty, in partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

On Sunday, Sept. 25th, Ricki’s sales associates, customers and other participants will gather at malls across the country for a walk to raise funds for women living in poverty.

Each participant will aim to walk 2,500 steps that day – about a mile and a quarter; with a goal of raising $1 per step – potentially enough to lift one woman out of poverty. Altogether the retailer is aiming to raise $100,000 through the charitable initiative.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. It raises funds to research and implement solutions to end violence against women, bring low-income women out of poverty and build strong, resilient girls.

Money raised by the Walk to End Poverty will go towards:
* providing low-income women with the skills, resources and confidence necessary to help themselves;
* funding programs that deliver self-employment, trades and technology training; and
* providing daycare, transportation and other basic needs.

In the GTA, walks are taking place at the following locations:

  • Oshawa South Power Centre, Oshawa, 9 a.m.
  • Cloverdale Mall, Etobicoke, 9:30 a.m.
  • Bramalea City Centre, Brampton, 9 a.m.
  • Burlington Mall, Burlington, 10 a.m.
  • Sheridan Mall, Mississauga, 11:30 a.m.
  • Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough, 10 a.m.
  • Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket, 10 a.m.
  • Pickering Town Centre, Pickering, 9 a.m.
  • Milton Crossroads Shopping Centre, Milton, 10 a.m.
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