August 18, 2015

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Over the last nine years, Labrador resident Guy Poole, has been lacing up his shoes to help raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Guy, who has completed 2,000 km of a planned walk across the province, is on a personal mission to relay the seriousness of diabetes to those in the community.

In September 2004, Guy’s wife Elizabeth (Liz) passed away from diabetes-related complications.  To honour her memory, Guy organized his first Liz’s Walk. Now, he’s marking the tenth anniversary of this event, which will bring him closer to completing his trek from one end of the province to the other by walking for 10 days each year. Along with increasing awareness of the importance of physical activity through his walks, Guy’s efforts have raised more than $83,000 to support the work of the CDA in the province.

“Guy is an inspiration to CDA volunteers and staff,” says Carol Ann Smith, regional director for the CDA in Newfoundland and Labrador. “He has turned his personal tragedy into a mission to raise awareness and educate as many people as possible about diabetes. He is truly making a difference in our province.”

Guy has already covered all major roads in Labrador and brought his walk to the island portion of the province in 2013. Guy will start his journey in Deer Lake on August 22, walking 30 km per day over 10 days, and will finish this year’s portion in Gander on August 31.

“Liz’s Walk” schedule 2015

Saturday, August 22 – Deer Lake to Sandy Lake area
Sunday, August 23 – Sandy Lake area to Birchy Lake area
Monday, August 24 – Birchy Lake area to Sheppardville area
Tuesday, August 25 – Sheppardville area to South Brook area
Wednesday, August 26 – South Brook area to Badger area
Thursday, August 27 – Badger area to Grand Falls-Windsor area
Friday, August 28 – Grand Falls-Windsor area to Bishops Falls area
Saturday, August 29 – Bishops Falls area to Notre Dame Junction area
Sunday, August 30 – Notre Dame Junction area to Glennwood area
Monday, August 31 – Glennwood area to Gander

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