The annual Tamil Canadian Walk brings together hundreds of participants, from all walks of life, in support of a great cause. Over the last 9 years, the fundraiser has made many important initiatives possible, in Canada and Sri Lanka, including those of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Sampur Housing Project.
Proceeds raised by the 2017 event will support efforts to resettle, and build sustainable economic opportunities, in the village of Thennamarawady through the Trincomalee Welfare Association and Thennamarawady Rural Development Society.
The ancient Tamil village of Thennamarawady, located on the northern tip of the Eastern Province in the Trincomalee District, was destroyed in 1984, as a result of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. This caused the total displacement of the local population. Decades later, in 2010, families were finally allowed to start returning to their ancestral lands. For the few who were able to make their way back to Thennamarawady, tremendous hardships in resettling and rebuilding their village awaited, due to decades of neglect.
All proceeds from the 2017 Tamil Canadian Walk will support the development of a 10 acre integrated and self-sustaining farm, including crops, livestock, and agriculture that will be managed by the Trincomalee Welfare Association and Thennamarawady Rural Development Society.
Together we can transform what is possible for those who have returned, and create opportunities for even more families to make their way home