Push for change for the homeless
The OPP is waiting to welcome Joe Roberts to Ontario.
In his younger days Roberts used to be one of Canada’s homeless. His “living address” was under a bridge. Now he’s a successful businessman, former president and chief executive officer of his own successful multimedia company, but he still remembers the hardships that he went through three decades ago. The same situation that many Canadians who are homeless now must endure. He wants to do something about that.
A chance meeting on a business flight from Vancouver to Calgary brought Roberts in contact with Dr. Sean Richardson, a former elite athlete who now holds a doctorate in performance psychology. Their chat together during that flight resulted in the creation of The Push for Change project.
“Both of us, in our different ways, have always lived in the context that anything is possible,” stated Roberts.
The overall goals are: to inspire Canadians “with the idea that anything is possible”; raise money and help stimulate change “for a significant cause”; and meet with people, both one-on-one and in groups, to encourage them to take personal action themselves “to help make a difference.”
Which led in the end to Roberts pushing a shopping cart 9000 kilometres across Canada, from Newfoundland to B.C., to promote public awareness of the plight of homeless people. He is trundling through southern Québec now and expects to arrive in Eastern Ontario, in Hawkesbury, on Sept. 22.
Plans are afoot for a welcome to Ontario gathering when Roberts arrives in Hawkesbury, after which he will continue on his way along County Road 17 towards Ottawa.
Continuing on along County Road 17 towards Ottawa, Roberts is expected to arrive in Rockland on Sept. 25. Russell County OPP have a barbecue welcome and fundraiser planned at the Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena, starting at 10 a.m. Roberts then heads on for Ottawa and from there turns west to make his way to British Columbia, with the goal of arriving in Vancouver on Sept. 30, 2017, completing his 9000-kilometre trek..
Those who want more details on Roberts’ journey or who want to keep track of him en route, can go to www.thepushforchange.com.
Roberts is on the road to raise awareness of the plight of Canada’s homeless people. His cross-country journey brings him to Hawkesbury on Sept. 22, on his way through Prescott-Russell up to Ottawa before he heads west.