Canadian veterans Glen Coyle and Christian Begley recently completed a 150K walk from Collingwood, Ont., to Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, as reported by CTV News. The pair, who served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, said they were completing the ultra-distance challenge to raise funds for Helmets to Hardhats, a non-profit that helps Canadian veterans transition back to civilian life after returning home. Their fundraising page is still live, and in an Instagram post following their arrival in Toronto, Coyle wrote that they had raised more than $16,000 so far.
“Your whole identity is being a solider,” Begley told CTV. “The military controls every aspect of your life, so when you leave you are kind of lost and you don’t know where to go.” Wanting to schedule their walk close to Remembrance Day, Begley and Coyle started their journey on November 7 at Blue Mountain. Two days later (with stops each night to recover), they arrived in Toronto.
Coyle said they wanted to give “Anything that we can … back to veterans, because we know what it is like. It is difficult. In a world of bad things right now it is nice to help out.” Their fundraiser will be open for donations until November 15, and anyone who wants to support Coyle, Begley and Helmets to Hardhats can click here.