A Winnipeg grandfather says he is so inspired by his grandson’s achievements as a Special Olympian, that he tackles an athletic challenge himself – a virtual step through Canada.
Brett Griffiths is a curler and a Special Olympics spokesman. His dedication to the organization and his sport nurtures proud grandfather Tom Creighton, his ambitious hike and fundraising goals.
“There are rumors that I’m turning 80 this year and to celebrate my birthday I’m taking a virtual step across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax in an effort to raise $ 100,000 for Special Olympics (Manitoba),” Creighton told 680 CJOB said.
“The walk started at around 05:00 on January 1, and I checked this morning. I’m about halfway between Vancouver and the Alberta border.
“Brett is a spokesman for Special Olympics Manitoba, and I think he’s a shining example of the benefits to the kind of programs they offer people, so I’m very impressed with what Brett was able to achieve.”
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In turn, Griffiths said he was equally inspired by his grandfather’s efforts.
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“It’s pretty amazing, especially since he’s turning 80. It’s very impressive,” he said.
“I just love that my family supports me and all my friends at Special Olympics, and helps raise money for Special Olympics so that we can continue to do what we love.
“If my 80-year-old grandfather can do it, so can I.”
Creighton said he was a runner for more than three decades, but arthritis in both feet meant he had to switch to long-distance walking, something he said gives him the same sense of accomplishment.
“I did that kind of distance last year, so except for health, it should not be a problem to do it this year.
“I walk six days a week, 9-10 miles a day, so it takes a bit of dedication to do that … but with the motivation to raise Special Olympics funds now, it’s helping me to get out of bed early in the morning. “
Creighton’s ongoing journey can be followed on this site: papaswalk.ca.
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