(Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper) Colin Skinner led a presentation Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library as he discussed the trips he has made in support of hospice care. In 1988, Skinner walked 6,052 miles in 11 months through Great Britain, Canada and the United States. He now is repeating that journey. This photo by Monte Draper can be found at http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/image/id/16215/headline//)
Walking for Hope and Hospice
NOVEMBER 30, 2009Eazibee, HappyNews ColumnistThanks go to RTBH reader Karn for this article, from the Bemidji Pioneer, which reminds me a lot of my previous post (about Jonathon Prince running across America).
Colin Skinner walked across the UK, Canada and the US - more than 6000 miles - in 1988 to raise money for hospice care. And now, two decades on, he's doing it again.
This time, he was inspired by his own mother's death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 59. On his travels, he's met many cancer sufferers, AIDS patients and others receiving hospice care. He has seen how good hospices can improve the quality of patient's lives, and he walks to raise others' awareness of this as well as to raise funds. His current trek has seen him covering the UK in 2007, and he's now walking from New York to North Dakota, with plans to continue from North Dakota to California in 2010.
To quote a nice segment from the article: "The question he poses to other is: If I can walk 12,000 miles to help hospices, what can you do to help? "There is something everyone can do," he said. "It’s just finding that right thing.""You can visit Colin Skinner's website to find out more about his walks, his book (Beyond the Setting Sun) and his fundraising efforts.Read the linked story: www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100013572/Read this column in its original location: Reasons to Be Hopeful
Eazibee hails from the UK but now lives in New York, where she works as a consultant - focused on health and environmental issues in developing countries - alongside raising a young family. She devotes any free time she has left to screenwriting and blogging. Reasons to be Hopeful is her principal blog, which she started in October 2007 in an effort to counter the negativity dominating the mainstream newswires. She aims to capture good news from across the world, reflecting the positive experiences of many different communities. Please feel free to send any good stories you come across to eazibee(at)gmail.com.