‘Liz’s Walk’

Guy Pool will trek from Cow Head to Port aux Basques in yearly walk for diabetes

Published on August 11, 2014
Guy Poole, second from left, his son Claude, left, daughter Vanessa, grandson Alan pushing grandchildren Lincoln and Raina in their stroller and other grandson Ben participate in the 2013 'Liz's Walk.'
Submitted photo

In 2004, Elizabeth Poole of St. Lewis, Labrador died from complications from diabetes. Her husband, Guy decided he wanted to do something in her memory, and to help raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He thought then, that this would be a one-time event. But he decided after the first year to make it a “Liz’s Walk” for Diabetes.

Each year since then, Poole has walked between 200 and 300 kilometres of the province’s roads.

Last year, he started walking the the island portion of the province’s main roads - and walked from St. Anthony to Cow Head.

This year the 70-year-old will walk from Cow Head to Port aux Basques from Sept. 6-18.

This year ‘Liz’s walk will start at the town hall in Cow Head and Poole expects the walk to Port aux Basques to take 13 days. He plans to walk 30-km daily.

To date, Poole has raised over $43,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association and two years ago received a “Volunteer of the Year Award” from the Canadian Diabetes Association for his yearly effort.

For more information please contact Bob Mesher at robertmesher@nf.sympatico.ca or by telephone at 454-5333 or 454-3155.

Liz's Walk schedule:

— Sept. 6

    Cow Head Town Hall to Sally’s Cove

— Sept. 7

     Sally’s Cove to Bonne Bay

— Sept. 8

    Bonne Bay to Bonne Bay Pond

— Sept. 9

     Bonne Bay Pond to Pynn’s Brook

— Sept. 10

     Pynn’s Brook to Corner Brook

— Sept. 11

     Corner Brook to George’s Lake

— Sept. 12

     George’s Lake to St. George’s River

— Sept. 13

     St. George’s River to Highway 403

— Sept. 14

     Highway 403 west to Highway 404 south access

— Sept. 15

     Highway 404 to North Branch River

— Sept. 16

     North Branch River to Doyles junction

— Sept. 17

     Doyles junction to J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park

— Sept. 18

     J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park to Port Aux Basques

Source: ‘Liz’s Walk’ team 2014