Article: Hansons walk the talk – literally – on social activism

By | September 10, 2008

VANCOUVER — From the boys who brought you MmmBop comes something they hope will be just as catchy: a social conscience. Hanson – brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac – have set off on what they’re calling their Walk Around The World Tour. Beyond promoting their album The Walk, they’re working to raise awareness of the crushing poverty in Africa – and to raise money to try to eradicate the problem through health care, education and basic supplies.

The tour, which hits Vancouver today, includes a charity walk at each stop. Fans are asked to show up at a specified time and location to walk with the brothers for one mile, barefoot. For each mile walked by each fan, the band is donating $1 (U.S.). Money raised goes to various causes, including buying shoes for children in South Africa, building a hospital in Soweto and helping the Toronto-based charity Free The Children raise money for a school in Kenya. The idea is to tally up 24,902 miles (or 40,000 kilometres) – the equivalent of walking around the world.

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