I started "The Great Walk About" on March 1st, 2019, in my home town of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with a goal of completing more than 10,000 KM on foot and raising $10,000 for Diabetes research and to raise awareness about the impact of Diabetes on fellow Canadians. I chose Diabetes for my "cause" because it has affected more than 3 generations of my family.

On a personal note, my hike coast to coast, on The Great Trail, will fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the country from the back roads and challenging myself with an extended solo journey. In addition to achieving my personal goals, my journey provides an opportunity to do something that will heighten awareness about Diabetes and raise funds for Diabetes research through the addition of a fundraising component to "The Great Walk About"!

Since March 1st, I have walked more than 9000KM through snow, rain, sleet, bugs, mud and sweltering temperatures and back into snow again! I'm living outdoors along the trail, camping in a single man tent and carrying all the worldly possessions I need on my back. I’ll be in Hope in a few days after being on the road for nearly 10 months. Heading over the Rockies and on to Victoria over the next few weeks.

This trip has been an incredible adventure for me! However, to achieve my fundraising goals, I need your help! I have been heavily relying on the magic of social media to reach as many folks as possible to reach or Hopefully exceed my fundraising target and expand my following for "The Great Walk About" trek. I also want to send my sincere appreciation to the many individuals who have supported my various fundraising initiatives to date.

My commitment to raise funds and awareness for Diabetes research and to raise awareness has not changed!

To help me reach my goals I ask that you please promote The Great Walk About Facebook page, subscribe to my YouTube channel, Instagram and Twitter and encourage others to follow my travels . Every cent helps! Thank you in advance for your support, whether it be through a donation to One of the very worthy Diabetes support organizations or following and engaging on my various social media channels. I am more encouraged than ever to keep on keeping on! I am truly overwhelmed with all the incredible support and fantastic people I have met so far along the way.

All are invited to follow my progress on



  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 21 mos
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    • $25 
    • 21 mos
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    • $200 
    • 21 mos
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Jeff Laybolt 
Edmonton , AB
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