From May 13 to August 8 Emily Forrest will be walking 2995 km of Nova Scotia coastline, covering approximately 40 km a day and stopping in over 88 communities!
Walking and exploring new places in the Maritimes has always given me such a sense of pleasure and accomplishment that I want to convince others to join Walkabout and try it. One of the most exciting experiences in my life was walking the coastline of Prince Edward Island and meeting so many interesting people. My exploration of the province will also be a great opportunity to tell people about the Brigadoon facility being built in the Annapolis Valley for children with chronic illness and their families.
I believe walking truly can change your life for the better and I want Nova Scotia to get walking with me.
To inspire Nova Scotians to form walking groups and journey to better health and well-being.
To encourage Nova Scotians to explore and enjoy new places to walk in their communities.
To prompt people to keep track of their walks and log their steps at http://www.walkaboutns.ca.
To promote Heart & Stroke Walkabout for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
To raise awareness of Brigadoon, a year-round facility being built in Nova Scotia for children and youth living with a chronic illness.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
Create a walking group or register as an individual with http://www.walkaboutns.ca.
Match your group's daily steps to mine using the graphs on the website.
I'm seeking places to billet around the province. If you or any friends, family or walkers you know live in the communities listed at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=253248825849, ask them if they would consider sharing supper with me and putting me up for a night.
Arrange to meet and walk a bit with me when I come to your area; tell me about your town.
Tell your friends about walkaboutns.ca and encourage them to sign up and start walking. Ask them if they'd like to walk with me when I come to their area.
If you wish to support the development of Brigadoon, go to http://www.brigadoonvillage.org/general-content/general-content/donate.html or call 1-888-471-5666
If you wish to donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, go to http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=272879, click Sponsor a Participant and type Emily Forrest, or call 1-888-473-4636
THE INITIATIVE THAT INSPIRED MY WALK:
Heart & Stroke Walkabout is an initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and the Ecology Action Centre.
The vision is a revitalized culture of walking in Nova Scotia.
The aim is to motivate Nova Scotians to discover the magic of walking and encourage them to consider both the physical and mental benefits of walking within their communities.
It's about changing the way we think about walking - putting feet back on the streets and walking back in the hearts and minds of Nova Scotians.
ABOUT BRIGADOON VILLAGE:
The goal is to develop and manage an exceptional year-round facility for residential camps for children and youth living with a chronic illness.
Brigadoon will continually investigate the unmet needs of the pediatric and youth chronic illness community and explore how to address these needs with partnering organizations.
The first facility of its kind in Atlantic Canada, Brigadoon is a not-for-profit organization rooted in the belief that children and youth have infinite potential when given the chance to explore, discover, challenge, innovate and create.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE ONLINE:
Google or search for “FORREST WALKABOUT” on Facebook. The walkaboutns.ca website is an online community to support walking in the province, provide resources and connect walkers. There, walkers can join groups or create their own, log steps and monitor progress, as well as discover or map walking routes in their communities.
Learn more about Brigadoon at http://www.brigadoonvillage.org. To see the maps of my journey around the province:
Log in or register at http://www.walkaboutns.ca. Click on "Routes" at the top of the page and type "Forrest Walkabout" into the search box.
Choose a map from the list of my 88 daily routes.