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Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Hero's Welcome
Four men and a dog
Jean Beliveau stopped at Agassiz in 2011.
guy on an epic journey slogs across the country for kids, bikers doing toy rides, cops running through the city and no one ever comes out to cheer them on.
Sorry to say that if this happened in the US, our friends would be out there in droves. Lining the streets hooting and shoving their fists in the air.
It boosts their hero's
already deep-seated inspiration and even their "stamina" as one
walker told me.
Author Eric Wilson at Decades last January. See his book with links on the main page.
He went through a few schools in Chilliwack on his book tour. Later, I met him at Decades. No one showed to meet him. I was more disappointed than he was. Lucky for me to I got a mono-on-mono with him. I remember talking too much.
Jean Beliveau shows his photo album of the trip over coffees. The school was kind enough to let us get in out of the cold.
Another hero with a great story behind him is Bret Mazriik who passed through Chilliwack in October last year.
He left his family behind and trudged across the country with his faithful dog Sacha wearing out seven pairs of shoes doing it. He noted some people were worried about the dog. For those who don't know, huskies are bred for the sled and born to run on one set of paws.
Of course I knew he was a great man before I picked up the phone to speak with him.
He was fundraising for children's mental health back east. I've yet to share his story with Voice readers.
John Wichers a wonderful inspiration to all of us, especially youth.
How about John Wichers? A 79-year-old on an incredible journey alone via bicycle from Winnipeg to Chilliwack return. He was trying to raise enough money to buy ten handicapped kids special bicycles. Thank God he got the $30,000 needed.
I met him at the Royal Hotel. A couple of months later he retuned to Chilliwack, this time via vehicle and with his wife to the Royal Hotel where he turned it around and headed for home once again.
Here's a man with a strong Dutch background and accent. I figured the place would be jam-packed with locals. No one showed. Surprised?
Imagine for a moment what it would be like to ride to Mission and back. Now, think about riding across three provinces return on bicycle at his age.
There was quite a reception as he wheeled down that last mile home. And what a mile.
What's next for Wichers?
Nothing less than jumping 72 floors from a tower in a fundraiser for
We have to remember what
John Kennedy meant when he said: "It's not what your country can do
for you. It's what you can do for your country" even if it's only just to
go out and cheer a hero.
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