July 19, 2023

Edmonton Hike for Hope Challenge

Islamic Relief Canada invites you for a hike at Elk Island National Park. Explore, unite, and make a difference by fundraising to plant olive trees in Palestine.

Click this link to register  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/edmonton-hike-for-hope-challenge-tickets-667132189337?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&from=d5eaed0226a211eebbb5a653c2584e33

Make a difference while exploring the stunning beauty of Elk Island National Park on this captivating trail around Tawayik Lake. Join us for a day filled with meaningful engagements, good food and the opportunity to contribute to an important cause.

📍 Tawayik Lake Loop Trail

🚶‍♂️ Length: 20.4 km

⛰️ Elevation Gain: 257m

⌛ Duration: 4 hours

🚐 Transportation to and from Elk Island will be provided.

🍽️ Meals, Drinks & Snacks will be included.

👥 Ages 16+ only

🗓️ Registration closes July 23, 2023

Hike for Hope is an initiative aimed at joining leisure with a good cause. We will be asking all participants to support our Olive Tree planting program in Palestine, where it costs $10 to plant one Olive Tree.


Once registered, you will receive a Crowd-funding Link to start fundraising for Palestine! Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $100 in order to participate. Olive trees are a universal symbol of peace and a powerful symbol of Palestinian rootedness in their land. The average lifespan of an olive tree is 300-600 years, but some can live as long as 3,000 years. There are many meanings of the olive tree. It is a symbol of friendship and reconciliation, cleansing and healing, light, victory and richness and, above all, a sign of peace. It is a plant which should be treated with reverence as it is a blessed tree and so is its fruits. Your fundraising efforts will be helping to maintain this national treasure. Olives and olive oil have historically formed the main basis for Palestinian livelihoods. Today 48 percent of agricultural land (mostly in the West Bank) is planted with olive trees. Thank you for supporting this great cause!



Below is an itinerary of what you can expect during the day. The agenda outline for Sunday July 30th is as follows:

10AM:     Depart Edmonton (Breakfast will be served at this time)

11AM:     Arrive at Elk Island

11AM:     Icebreaker, Small Khatira, Safety Rules & Guidelines

12PM:     Prepare to begin hike (restrooms, water, snacks, driving to hike entrance)

1PM:       Hike begins

5PM:       Hike ends

5PM:       Dinner/ Prayer

6:30PM: Dessert, Small Khatira, Games, Reflections & Prepare for return to Edmonton

9PM:       Depart Elk Island

10PM:     Arrive in Edmonton

Islamic Relief will be holding a small orientation two days before the hike, to answers all questions and concerns, and ensure you are well prepared for the event. We will send an email with the invite and all the details.

If you have any questions or concerns before then, please don't hesitate to send Islamic Relief Canada an email to edmonton@islamicrelief.ca

🌳 Experience the beauty: Immerse yourself in the majestic wilderness of Elk Island National Park as you embark on a guided hike led by experienced nature enthusiasts.

🤝 Join a community: Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact. Share stories, forge friendships, and unite for a common cause.

🌱 Plant a legacy: Each participant recieves a crowdfunding page to help directly support the planting of olive trees in Palestine. Your contribution will provide sustainable income, nourishment, and hope for the affected families.

 Be part of something meaningful: By participating in Hike for Hope, you'll play a vital role in rebuilding and nurturing Palestinian communities. Together, we can create lasting change and empower those in need.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to explore nature, make a difference, and leave a lasting impact. Spread the word, invite your friends, and let's come together for Hike for Hope: Planting Roots in Palestine. Together, we can cultivate a brighter future, one step at a time.

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