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This Canadian Is Delivering $10,000 Cheques to Every Capital to Help the Hungry

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The trek across Canada is a beautiful one, with different landscapes peppering the drive and views that can take your breath away. If you’ve ever done it, you’ll also know it’s a significantly long one. But that won’t stop Geoff Gyles.

Just this month he has been to St. John’s, N.L., Vancouver, B.C., Edmonton, Alta., and Regina, Sask. Why? Because he’s delivering $10,000 cheques to local organizations fighting hunger across the country.

Gyles started the Journey to End Hunger to raise awareness of child hunger in Canada. There are an estimated 1.1 million children that face food insecurity in the country, according to Food Banks Canada.

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“In a country with as many resources as Canada, we have the means to eradicate child hunger. I want to do something tangible — something real — to address this problem, and encourage others to do the same. That’s why I’m going on this journey,” Gyles says on his website.      

Gyles, a 60-year-old man who lives in Canmore, Alta, will be driving (and flying if need be), to every capital city across Canada to deliver a total of $150,000 to food banks, soup kitchens and school breakfast programs. His most recent stop was in Whitehorse, Y.T., where he visited the Food Bank Society of Whitehorse to drop off the donation.

Gyles worked in agriculture for more than 40 years and he says the reason he went into it originally was to help those who were starving. He hopes this new journey will encourage others to also do what they can to help.

“Those of us in the agriculture industry, and especially farmers, love the role we play in helping to feed the world. That’s why it’s so frustrating that we have a child hunger problem here in Canada,” Gyles says.

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So far, Gyles has delivered six of his fifteen $10,000 cheques — one for an organization in each province, with an extra $10,000 donation that will go to a national organization.

This is his way of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and it sounds like one of the best presents the country could ask for.

“I believe the essence of Canada is not greed, nor aggression, but rather the spirit of looking after each other, and generosity. That’s what I hope to inspire with this journey,” Gyles says.

Next stop, Yellowknife, N.T.!