A powerful journey from one end of the nation to the other made a stop in Golden to spread the word about the harmful environments some Canadian children are being raised in.
Susane Johnson’s run across Canada, entitled A Journey Across Canada to Stop Violence Against Children, is aimed at reducing all forms of harm against children, including physical, fitness, nutritional, health and bullying.
“My journey began with the death of my mom,” said Johnson, who began her run in Nova Scotia on July 15. Johnson started to turn to ultra running more and more to deal with the emotional stress of her mom’s death.
“I wanted to share that with children, so I went to my child’s school and said I wanted to do a running club there,” she said.
“I decided I would run across Canada in memory of my mom, to stop violence against children”.
Running with no crew, and only the supplies she can fit in her small pack, Johnson set out across Canada.
When she arrived in Golden, she was very disappointed by the reception she received.
A local woman had offered to help Johnson with her stay in Golden, as well as her journey through the Roger’s Pass. But Johnson said that when her plans changed, and she was ill and unable to run, this women “dropped” her.
“This experience in Golden has me a bit confused,” she said. A second woman in town also offered to help Johnson, and once again she was left hanging.
Although very discouraged by her original experience here in Golden, Johnson says she has met some wonderful and helpful people as a result, and is glad for the way things turned out.
At every stop on her journey, Johnson finds a local organization or family in need. And all donations made to her cause from that location, will stay in the community.
In Golden, she decided that the Golden Women’s Resource Centre is where she would like the donations to go.
“There’s some people in there who need a lot of help,” said Johnson.
She request that people donate directly to the women’s centre, or through her Paypal account, which keeps track of where the money comes from.
“All the money donated through my Paypal account stays in the community it came from,” said Johnson.
To learn more about her journey, or to donate through the Paypal account, go to www.facebook.com/pages/a-journey-across-canada-to-stopping-violence-against-children.