Markus Pukonen will not get on a plane, in a car or use any motorized vehicle for five years and, while fulfilling that commitment, will circumnavigate the planet to raise $10 million for smaller non-profit organizations that make a big difference through the work they do.
Pukonen created a registered non-profit called Routes of Change to channel the funds raised through the journey to small groups that work hard every day to create a more sustainable way of living.
“I want to help create a healthy future for our generations to come and this is the best way I know how – by using my talents and passions to raise support and awareness for organizations that are working hard to create a better Earth,” said Pukonen.
On Tuesday, March 22 (World Water Day) at around noon, Pukonen will arrive at Esquimalt’s Gorge Park where, together with the Greater Victoria Green Team, the community is invited to welcome him. Pukonen will share stories from his journey which will be followed by a community parks restoration effort.
Named as one of Canada’s greatest explorers by Canadian Geographic, Pukonen left Toronto on July 13, 2015 to begin his five-year expedition. He is travelling in one consecutive journey around the world by as many “motor-less” means as possible including rowing, swimming, kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, sailing, running, biking and skiing.
For more information about Routes of Change and Markus Pukonen click here.
To sign up with the Greater Victoria Green Team, click here.
Greater Victoria Green Team
Amanda Evans, Program Manager - Greater Victoria Green Team
Township Of Esquimalt
Rick Daykin, Parks & Facilities Manager