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'Pushing against hunger': Halifax teen to longboard around Nova Scotia coast for charity

Gregor Macdonald, 19, of Halifax is planning to ride around the province this May to raise funds for Feed Nova Scotia.

Gregor Macdonald is planning on longboarding around the coast of Nova Scotia to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia.

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Gregor Macdonald is planning on longboarding around the coast of Nova Scotia to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia.

Longboarding 1,000 kilometres through rural France may not sound fun to everyone, but it’s exactly how Gregor MacDonald spent a chunk of last summer.

Now, he’s going on a even bigger journey, for a better cause.

The 19‐year‐old Halifax native is planning on spending the month of May longboarding around Nova Scotia's coast to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia, in what he calls a "push against hunger."

Despite only longboarding for the last two years, MacDonald spent last summer backpacking through Europe, and spotaneously decided to longboard through France to Spain instead of taking a train.

“I decided two and half weeks before I left that I would just skate to Spain," he said Thursday.

This time around, MacDonald is looking to make a difference. He has started a GoFundMe page, which has already raised close to $500, with all of the donations going directly to Feed Nova Scotia.

During his trip through France, MacDonald had no planned route, no cellphone, and at some points, no food.

“I ran out of food and that really, really was not fun or okay, and that happens to people all the time in Nova Scotia.”

“I basically did the France trip for no reason, so I thought if I’m going to do this I should put the actual effort and actually do something.”

He’s going to be much more prepared this time, with a planned route and a backpack full of supplies to camp out on the side of the road.

“I’ve got a crappy tent and a crappy sleeping bag," he said. "It’ll get me through, but if someone wants to help out and give me some supplies, I’m all for it.”

MacDonald is planning on funding the entire month‐long journey himself, with money he has saved up through working two jobs. He plans on going over 100 kilomrytrd a day, but admits that's on flat ground.

“I like excitement, so I haven’t looked at a topographical map or anything like that, but I know I’ve pushed 140 (kilometres) in a day.”

MacDonald is planning on documenting his journey around the province on Instagram, @Gregor.Macdonald. If anyone wishes to support the cause they can do so on Macdonald's GoFundMe page.

Feed Nova Scotia happy with community support

From food drives and fundraisers to province-wide journeys on a longboard, Nova Scotians are always looking out for each other.

Karen Theriault works with Feed Nova Scotia, an organization that works with 147 food banks across the province, providing food to those in need. They are lucky, she said Thursday, to be a part of such a caring community.

“I think that we’re extremely fortunate for when people take the initiative to do drives or fundraisers on our behalf,” said Theriault who serves as Feed Nova Scotia’s director of development and communications.

“Whatever that idea happens to be, it just demonstrates the passion and commitment people have," she said. "I think it’s fantastic that it makes a difference.”

Theriault's comments come after hearing of Gregor MacDonald's plans to longboard 2,000 kilometres around Nova Scotia's coast in support of the charity.

“People who are living in our community are struggling right now, so when foods and funds are raised through events like this, they not only help with physical nourishment but everything else that comes with that,” she said.

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