When it's all said and done, they will have walked more than 8000 kilometres, and it's all to bring awareness to the homeless.

Margo and Julie Middleton sold everything, put their businesses on hold, and started walking.

Last year, they were homeless themselves, Margo said "that you can't understand how people live unless you live like them. It's easy for people to say it's rough, but you don't know until you do it."When asked why they're doing this, Margo said "It was a feeling. It was a feeling inside me, told me that I need to do this. And I need to keep doing this. We ran into some struggles along the way. People have been really nice, it's the weather in Saskatchewan that was our troubles. RCMP had to come (to) get us, 55 km winds were taking our tent." They have also had to pause here in town because the winter storm that hit over the weekend.

Julie said it's a hope that people will start to make the little changes. "Even if it's just a coffee. At Easter we were asking our followers, you have leftovers, bring a plate to a shelter, someone who needs it. We sold everything, put our businesses on hold for a year. So that we can exactly be in the shoes of those people. Because right now we don't have a home. What we have is in our little wagon.

"Nicknamed Grey Wolf, their wagon is their only way of bringing all the needed supplies for the journey, "Canadian Tire has specially shipped another wagon for us", said Margo. "They helped me with the wheels on our wagon, propanegemmelGemmel's Shoes donated hikers and socks to the Middletons.The stigma around the homeless and addiction, said Julie, "It's almost expected. You're on the street, you have nothing. Then turn to drugs and alcohol. They get depressed.
So instead of refusing them because of the drugs and alcohol, maybe reverse that and try to get out of where they are. And maybe the addictions will stop."

Margo added we should be getting them out of that problem, and they can start something new. "But they're living in the woods, or the hills, and don't know what to do. They come down into society, thinking nobody cares. But there are people who care. not enough, that's what we're trying to do, is get more people to care."

Julie added that her goal at the end of all of this is to write a book. "That's why I keep track of every conversation we have. I write down everything that happens, everything we see, everyone we meet. And hopefully, that's going to help."

They do live facebook videos, are constantly updating their followers as they go, though getting data connections are tricky, to say the least between cities and towns.

To contact them, or follow their journey, go to their facebook page, blog site, or message them directly at 403-472-4236.

 

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