The long trek by foot is nearing an end for a man who has donned a pink tutu to raise funds for youth mental health and Boys and Girls Club.
Ryan Thirlwall began his walk in Nanaimo Tuesday and has travelled over the Malahat through the night, in an effort to reach the Victoria Boys and Girls Club Wednesday.
Thirlwall, a 31-year-old who lives in the West Shore, is making the 125-kilometre trip to raise funds for youth mental health services and the Greater Victoria Boys and Girls Club.
This is the third time Thirlwall has made the trek, also walking from Nanaimo to Victoria in 2012 and 2016.
Thirlwall said he spent much of his youth on the streets and struggled with addictions.
He says he was introduced to the Boys and Girls Club and entered its “Turnabout Program”, which he credits for launching a new path in his life.
Thirlwall graduated high school and began fundraising initiatives, earning him Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 “Youth in Motion” in 2007.
This is the first of two walks Thirlwall is taking in the pink tutu this month, as he will trek from Sidney to Mile Zero and the Terry Fox statue in Victoria, then to Langford City Hall next Wednesday.