84-year-old blind man walks from Guelph through Mississauga to Toronto for SickKids


Published September 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm

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Photo via @PapaWalks4SickKids2022

An 84-year-old, blind, retired Guelph farmer is walking through Mississauga to raise funds for SickKids.

Russell Mackay, started his third fundraising walk for charity on Sept. 16. Mackay, a farmer from Guelph, plans to walk 75 kilometres from Guelph to Toronto, according to his fundraising page on the SickKids Foundation website.

“While this would be an ambitious goal for anyone, Russell makes it even more inspirational as he is 84 years old, legally blind and diabetic,” the page notes.

Mackay, also known as “Papa”, and his family and friends walked through Mississauga on Monday (Sept. 19) — heading through the Streetsville area to Britannia Road. On Sept. 20, he plans to leave from the Tomken Twin Arena and walk southeast into Toronto.

The walk, dubbed Papa Walks 4 SickKids, is a fundraiser for SickKids Foundation. Mackay thanked his supporters as he started the fourth day of his six-day trek. As of Sept. 19, he had raised more than $16,000 of his $25,000 goal.

“Without you guys we couldn’t do this,” said Mackay on Instagram at the start of his walk through Mississauga today (Sept. 19).

Mackay started walking to help kids in eastern Ontario for CHEO in 2020.

For more information and to donate to this cause, visit the Papa Walks 4 SickKids page.


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