Saturday, June 10, 2017

---"I lost sight of those things for a moment."------------Nice story for a change. -----Alberta's Geoff Gyles is driving up the Alaska Highway this weekend, en route to Whitehorse. His mission? To drop off a $10,000 cheque for the local food bank.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/alberta-man-hunger-10000-dollars-canada-150-1.4150670

$10K for you and you and you: Alberta man drops off cheques in each Canadian capital to help the hungry

Geoff Gyles is crossing the country to distribute $150K to food banks and related charities

By Priscilla Hwang, CBC News Posted: Jun 10, 2017 10:00 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 10, 2017 10:00 AM CT
Geoff Gyles of Canmore, Alta., here with his wife, Jennifer, is celebrating Canada 150 by travelling to every capital city in Canada and dropping off a cheque for $10,000 to help feed the hungry.
Geoff Gyles of Canmore, Alta., here with his wife, Jennifer, is celebrating Canada 150 by travelling to every capital city in Canada and dropping off a cheque for $10,000 to help feed the hungry. (Submitted by Geoff Gyles)
Alberta's Geoff Gyles is driving up the Alaska Highway this weekend, en route to Whitehorse.
His mission? To drop off a $10,000 cheque for the local food bank.
It's Gyles's unique way of celebrating Canada 150. He's already delivered cheques to five provincial capitals, and plans to keep going until he's reached all 13 provincial and territorial capitals in the country.
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Gyles is pictured in St. John's last week with the Kids Eat Smart Foundation. (Submitted by Geoff Gyles)
"I thought it was a good moment in time to take a look at one problem that faces all of Canada, which is the hunger problem," said Gyles from Canmore, Alta., who started Journey to End Hunger to raise awareness of child hunger in Canada.
'He's not only putting in the money, but he's putting in the time.'- Oai Truong
An estimated 1.1 million children face food insecurity in communities across Canada each year, according to Food Banks Canada. 
"It couldn't have come at a better time," said Tristan Newsome at the Whitehorse Food Bank, which is gearing up for a busy summer.
"We couldn't be any more grateful for the donation."

Helping the hungry

After working in agriculture for more than 40 years, Gyles said he wanted to "refocus."
"As a kid, watching TV, you'd see these programs where there's people starving in many different countries around the world," recalled Gyles. "The reason I went into agriculture originally was to help."
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'I thought it was a good moment in time to take a look at one problem that faces all of Canada, which is the hunger problem,' Gyles said. (Submitted by Geoff Gyles)
Gyles said he got distracted over the years, with family (he's a father of four) and running his business. His interest in world hunger took a back seat.
"I lost sight of those things for a moment."
Gyles hopes that this project will encourage more Canadians to donate to food banks and food-related charities, or even to contact their local MP or member of the legislature about solving the hunger problem in Canada.
Oai Truong, owner of Bounce Design Inc., which created Gyles's website, has worked with him for over eight years and describes him as someone who "never really wanted a spotlight."
She said his dedication to the project, and the cause, is genuine.  
"He's not only putting in the money, but he's putting in the time," Truong said.
"I have a lot of clients in the non-profit industry, and often you get millionaires signing a cheque and handing them to organizations.
"But for him to take the time to visit these organizations … to meet the people on the ground, I think that's pretty admirable."

Cross-country tour

The project is also allowing Gyles to fulfil his lifelong desire to drive across Canada. His trek started in St. John's at the beginning of June and then swung to the West.
After Whitehorse, he'll drive to Yellowknife. Then he'll head to Ottawa for Canada Day, and on to Quebec and the East Coast.
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The Journey to End Hunger vehicle will be auctioned off after Gyles completes his project, and the proceeds will go to a national charity. (Submitted by Geoff Gyles)
Gyles will end the cross-country tour in Nunavut — the place with the highest food insecurity rate for any Indigenous population in a developed country.
A quarter of Inuit preschoolers are severely food insecure, and of those children, 76 per cent skip meals and 60 per cent have gone a whole day without eating, according to a 2014 report by the Canadian Council of Academies.
In total, Gyles will donate $150,000 to all 13 capitals as well as Toronto and the national Breakfast for Learning program.
At the end of his tour, Gyles plans to auction off his vehicle and donate the proceeds to charity.
With files from Elyn Jones, Mike Rudyk
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  • 279 Comments
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  • Julie Ali
How very nice. I am sure the food banks of Canada will appreciate this kind and generous gesture.
  • 5 minutes ago
John chevy
  • John chevy
Albertans have been keeping the freezers full in quebec for 50 years
  • 1 hour ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@John chevy 

LOL. Nope.
  • 24 minutes ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@John chevy 

Way to bring negativity into a positive story. I bet you are a hit at parties.
  • 21 minutes ago
John chevy
  • John chevy
Im betting bob is lost for words or he's receiving one of these cheques
  • 1 hour ago
John chevy
  • John chevy
Those darn oilmen......
  • 1 hour ago
John Gallant
  • John Gallant
@John chevy 

From the article: "After working in agriculture for more than 40 years, Gyles said he wanted to "refocus." 

Doesn't sound like an "oilman" to me.
  • 38 minutes ago
Jim Wong
  • Jim Wong
Congrats to Geoff and Jennifer on celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by travelling the country and donating so much money to the food bank. Wish all Cdn's could participate in such great acts of charity.
  • 1 hour ago
George Farahat
  • George Farahat
Mr. and Mrs, Gyles are doing a great work for the needy in Canada. How can the Federal or Provincial Governments thank them?
  • 1 hour ago
Jim Wong
  • Jim Wong
@George Farahat Maybe they can honour them with a little ceremony and small certificate of recognition, but they shouldn't make too big a deal about it, because many cdn's contribute large sums of money to worthwhile charities and are never recognized by government. they do it out of the goodness of their heart.
  • 29 minutes ago
Saunistee G Leduc
  • Saunistee G Leduc
Wonderful and thoughtful of Mr. Gyles to do such a selfless thing.
  • 1 hour ago
Julie Ali
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  • Julie Ali
@Saunistee G Leduc I agree with you. It's also nice to hear of a good deed.
  • 3 minutes ago
Glen Morris
  • Glen Morris
What can you say more about this mans generosity and heart felt deed...Here's a man who backs up his words with action...We need a lot more Canadians with this REAL Canadian, Canadiansism'''Luv it.
  • 1 hour ago
Glen Morris
  • Glen Morris
@Glen Morris 

That's Canadianism....if that's not a word then it should be.
  • 1 hour ago
Kuock Gheng
  • Kuock Gheng
Why wouldn't the Canadian government be more careful with its spending (e.g. NOT sending 300+ civil servants to a conference at the same time) so that Canadian children can have a few decent dinners? That bothered me. 

https://goo.gl/Mt8wtd 

"An estimated 1.1 million children face food insecurity in communities across Canada each year, according to Food Banks Canada.... "
  • 1 hour ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Kuock Gheng 

Well if they sent them separately that would cost way more.
  • 1 hour ago
Larry Langer
  • Larry Langer
Here he goes ruing a good deed by bragging about it in the news. So sad.
  • 1 hour ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Larry Langer 

He didn't ruin anything. He is bringing awareness to food scarcity.
  • 1 hour ago
Corey Belanger
  • Corey Belanger
@Larry Langer Pretty sure the money is still real. Its not a birthday wish where if you tell people it won't come true....
  • 1 hour ago
Hugh Minet
  • Hugh Minet
Libs would like that money so he should expect a charity tax.
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Hugh Minet 

He will get a tax refund actually.
  • 1 hour ago
Ying Li
  • Ying Li
nice story!
  • 2 hours ago
Jan Böhmermann
  • Jan B√∂hmermann
Two thumbs up to the dude couple. What a nice move. Exactly what I would do with a few extra millions :) :D
  • 2 hours ago
Wilhelm LaRouge
  • Wilhelm LaRouge
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-military-latvia-1.4155341 

so its as if the cbc expected me, the viewer, to ask why dont we spend this 260M funding food for people who need it here and abroad? it would surely provide a much greater benefit to the world as a whole. 

I am sure this man would not make such a trek just to deliver his money to this military cause
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Wilhelm LaRouge 

Unfortunately the world is in bad shape and we have international obligations. Yes, it would be great if everyone just got along.
  • 1 hour ago
John Smith
  • John Smith
Alberta haters hate stories like this.
  • 2 hours ago
Lieschen Mueller
  • Lieschen Mueller
@John Smith 

I guess you are one of those Alberta Haters then?
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@John Smith 

Why bring hate into a good deed story? I mean you're the one bringing it up.
  • 1 hour ago
Dustin Carey
  • Dustin Carey
@John Smith 

No, just the people who see this good deed as an occasion to inanely stoke regional tribalism
  • 1 hour ago
Julie Ali
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  • Julie Ali
@John Smith I am from Alberta and I love this story.
  • 2 minutes ago
Willie Smith
  • Willie Smith
Wow!!! Thank you Jennifer and Geoff Gyles.....What an A number 1 move..Beautiful Beautiful people.....
  • 2 hours ago
Robin Fraser
  • Robin Fraser
I drive across Canada for a non-common carrier. My compensation package includes a 75.00 a day meal allowance which I never fully use. When I stop for the night in a small town at a company paid for motel, I find out where the food bank is in town, contact them and make a donation. That goes much further than the "tourist tax" applied to my motel bill. I make new friends, I will never be stranded and I am assured my donation goes to it's cause. Mr.Gyles, I give you my deepest respect. Your generosity and compassion shows you are a true Canadian. Safe travels my friend« less
  • 2 hours ago
George Smith
  • George Smith
And on a happier note good to read a nice story once in a while. A kind act is a kind act and doesn't need to be analyzed.
  • 2 hours ago
marc Hanapepe
  • marc Hanapepe
Cool !
  • 2 hours ago
Howard pim
  • Howard pim
Awesome news for a change .thank you Mr. Giles for your generosity
  • 2 hours ago
Ian Alexander
  • Ian Alexander
Wish there were more people like you.
  • 2 hours ago
Steve Munro
  • Steve Munro
Way to pass it on! Truly an inspirational Canadian!
  • 2 hours ago
Robert Loblaw
  • Robert Loblaw
Thank you.
  • 2 hours ago
peet.Codsi
  • peet.Codsi
Yes that is a fabulous gesture of civility, now if we could just come up with a way to redirect all the lost people just sitting around hoping to get rescued instead of moping around, what could we possibly do to inspire them there's so many just too tired to move, all just lining up for another donut and coffee all the way into the intersection
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@peet.Codsi 

I have no idea what this even means.
  • 2 hours ago
Kristine  J Scott
  • Kristine J Scott
@Mike Davis Who cares?
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Kristine J Scott 

I never said you had to care.
  • 1 hour ago
Stella Jia
  • Stella Jia
Few people these days are concerned about their social setting, and fewer are the ones that still have a gentil soul to show compassion towards the hungry and the ill in a world of greed and insecurity. 

Money is the dirt of this planet, if the wealthy and ruling elite had 10 percent of what this couple have in their hearts the world would have been just fine. 

You guys are out of this world! 

A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. 

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.« less
  • 3 hours ago
Neil Fiertel
  • Neil Fiertel
@Stella Jia This is beautifully said. Thank you for its depth and meaning.
  • 1 hour ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
Some people just can't accept that one person did a nice thing for other people. They have to make it about politics or other grudges. How about just enjoy a nice deed?
  • 3 hours ago
ted verwey
  • ted verwey
@Mike Davis Miraculously the government comes up with 80 billion, that a month ago was not in the budget! What's wrong with that picture, not saying we don't need more military funding, we do, just suddenly money appears!!
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@ted verwey 

Show me one Government that hasn't mismanaged our cash and I'll show you life on a planet 500 billion light years away.
  • 1 hour ago
Dean Melanson
  • Dean Melanson
Albertans have helped every one through the decades ... just ask anyone from ontario east ...
  • 3 hours ago
Robert Loblaw
  • Robert Loblaw
@Amy G. Bahned 

Could we please get better internet in exchange?
  • 2 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Amy G. Bahned 

No kidding. I hear people slam Albertans, Ontario, the East Coast. We are all Canadians and some lands provide better than others. Just because one province has oil and another has a coast line with fish, doesn't make anyone better or worse or a financial drain. If we didn't share everyone would just move to the one sliver of Canada that had the best resources and it would be over populated and the rest of the country a barren wasteland.
  • 2 hours ago
Kurapika Hunter
  • Kurapika Hunter
This is absolutely incredible. Thank you for everything you've done to help so many of the hungry people all across Canada. <3
  • 3 hours ago
Thadius Miklyshnewcicz
  • Thadius Miklyshnewcicz
Ironic, we now have private citizens shouldering the burden of Canada's under-privileged, while Justin doles out $billions to foreign countries.
  • 3 hours ago
Mike Davis
  • Mike Davis
@Thadius Miklyshnewcicz 

The under-privileged are not a burden. They are Canadians like anyone else. Some of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met are homeless people. Homeless people are most likely to share also as they know what it means to have nothing.
  • 3 hours ago
Amy G. Bahned
  • Amy G. Bahned
@Thadius Miklyshnewcicz 

Our international aid funding hasn't changed since the last government. Did you also oppose foreign aid then? 

http://cidpnsi.ca/canadas-foreign-aid-2012-2/
  • 2 hours ago
Julie Ali
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  • Julie Ali
@Mike Davis I think that some of the homeless folks or those without much tend to offer all they have because they understand what doing without means.

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