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  • Writer's pictureSuzanne Venuta

Step by Step...

It has been a bit of in interesting week.

Since taking on the challenge to help my friend Mary in Cape Clear Island, to help others- The Canadian Capers have contributed 114.77 km, to their 5000 km challenge, and raised 200 Euro towards our 500 Euro goal.

I say that’s pretty sweet for the 1st week, and especially since I am the one in charge of the promoting, organizing etc... But what I keep telling myself- "what I lack in organizational skills, I make up for with enthusiasm.”

And I am thankful to everyone who has been involved with this and “The Canadian Capers” team is slowly growing- which is lovely. We now have members in B.C. Alberta and Ontario. If I had my own PR team, I would work on getting folks across Canada involved and would love it if The Canadian Capers could contribute 7000 km – the distance from Vancouver Island to Ireland.

If anyone has any hints or ideas of how to make this happen- please send them my way, -you know me- always the optimist.

One of my friends in Ireland has also hoped aboard and is now a member of The Canadian Capers 😊

This week I have been thinking about how one step can make a difference.

I had an elderly person say to me “I would love to add my walking distance but I only walk 2 km a week, that won’t make any difference.” I then told them about my Tour Du Mont Blanc trek, and how if I had stopped walking at any point on that trek- refused to ever take another step- and there were times I felt like it- then I would not have been able to complete that trek.

If you think about it like that- the most powerful steps may not have been the days I got the most distance and had the easiest day, the most powerful step may have been that one I took, when I so wanted to quit. So, in fact, that one step- did matter.

I have also been thinking of all the steps that I have had through my life, and those folks – known and unknown- who have helped me get to where I am now. I guess its been a bit of a philosophical week.

Last weekend 2 of my hiking buddies and I finally got out for a bit of a hike. It was not a long one, but it was lovely to be in the woods and fresh air again. We talked about our fundraising efforts and how we couldn’t imagine having to flee our homes because of war, then spend years in a refuge camp, and then thankful, but terrified to start a new life in a new country.

We also spoke, that maybe one day, if it works out- we could go visit Cape Clear Island.

If you would like to include you walking/running distance, you can leave a message on this page, or you can send me your weekly distance at canadiancapers@protonmail.com

If you would like to make a donation to our fundraising efforts you can do so on our fundraising page- and yes, you get a tax receipt.

Find link below

We, the ordinary citizens of the world, can make a difference, one step, one bit at a time. I will do another update next week.

Take care of yourselves and stay safe


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Debbie Drake
Debbie Drake
Mar 09, 2021

Suzy, you have such a big heart and you are an inspiration.

Suzanne Venuta
Suzanne Venuta
Mar 10, 2021
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Awe- thanks Deb :)

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