On Saturday evening, May 10, during Respect for Life Week, 450 pro-life supporters gathered in the spacious Walkerton Community Centre arena for the Walkerton and District Right to Life Annual Dinner and Pro-Life Rally. The rally was co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus- Cargill/ Chepstow/ Paisley Chapter.
Canada’s Foremost pro-life advocate, Joe Borowski, was the quest speaker along with Fr. Ted Colleton. Entertainment was provided by recording artists Annette and Barry McLoughlin. A $22,000 boat was raffled.
Prior to the rally, 250 people attended the Walkerton and District Right to Life Annual Dinner. Representatives from more than ten Ontario pro-life groups were invited guests. People came from more than ten Ontario pro-life groups were invited guests. People came from Hanover, Durham, Kitchener, Guelph, Collingwood, Peterborough, Wingham, Owen Sound, Markdale, Dundalk, Port Elgin, Kincardine and Toronto to participate in the evening festivities.
Pro-life exhibitors included Walkteron RTL, Faith and Light, Lifelines, Campaign Life, Youth for Life Walkerton, Birthright, Realwomen, Physicians for Life, Advocates for Life and Teachers for Life.
The Rally began with opening comments from Paul Dales, one of the founding members of the local Knights of Columbus Chapter. Afterward, Balrry and Annette McLoughlin performed their emotionally-powerful pro-life recording Where the Miracle Takes Place and were received by an enthusiastic crowd.
Fr.Ted Colleton delighted the crowd with colourful stories and , as well, offered his very serious perceptions equating today’s abortion holocaust with the Nazi holocaust over 40 years ago.
Joe Borowski spoke and emphasized the need for political action and charity and gave an update on his court case and its costs.
Linda Freiburger, manager of the RTL office said that Joe Borowski and Father Ted made the rally the success it was. She was also noted the dynamic and enjoyable entertainment provided by Barry and Annette.
This pro-life event was compared to a mini-convention and Linda reports that it has inspired a number of ideas for future projects and renewed the energy of Walkerton pro-lifers.