It was early, it was drizzling, and they were trudging to school on a Sunday.
But for nearly 800 students of the two Niagara Falls Catholic high schools, it's a Sunday that matters more than usual. For the 42nd year, they joined Catholic high schools across the region for the annual pilgrimage, raising money for countries in need overseas.
Once a year, Saint Michael and Saint Paul high schools in the Falls put aside their rivalry to make the trek. Sunday's stroll was 10.5 kilometres, starting at Saint Michael on McLeod Road. With parents and school staff, about 1,000 people took part.
Saint Michael does the walk for the Hope for Rwanda Children's Fund, while Saint Paul walks for The Immaculate Conception School in Haiti.