Barakat’s 7th Annual Walk for Literacy a Success

Saturday, September 27th, marked Barakat’s biggest day of the year – our annual 7th Walk for Literacy! It was a day of community fun, with a record number of walkers from the Greater Boston area. The day’s proceeds will go towards our schools and literacy programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan; a success that we owe entirely to YOU!

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The event began at 9am, when our early-bird walkers came to register, as well as to enjoy the hearty breakfast provided, with special thanks to Dunkin Donuts for their cups o’ joe, and for the amazing breads from When Pigs Fly (Yes, we love the name too!). Once everyone was settled in, it was time to start walking – and walk they did! Amidst perfect, sunny weather, families, school teams, corporate teams, and individuals set off on either the 2.5 mile or 5 mile route around the most scenic parts of Cambridge, which included passing JFK Park, the Charles River, and of course walking through charming Central and Harvard Squares. Post-walk, all participants and volunteers came together for a lunch of delicious Vietnamese sandwiches, coupled with the atmosphere of giving. To see all the photos from the Walk, go here.

Of course, the event would not have been possible without our dedicated team of volunteers working behind and at the scene, as well as our generous corporate sponsors, and YOU – our amazing walkers! We can’t wait for our next Walk – please mark your calendar – Saturday, September 26th would be Barakat’s 8th Annual Walk for Literacy at the same location (Winthrop Park)!

Our special thanks to our corporate sponsors: Landry & Arcari, International Design Guild, Irving House at Harvard, and Eastern Bank. Thank you also to WBUR for providing a generous in-kind publicity for the Walk, as well as to Foodie’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. Finally, we LOVED seeing student teams from the Boston Trinity Academy, Newman School, and Haverhill High.

Looking forward to seeing you all next year!