© Photo courtesy Alistair Burns - B.C. Catholic
Jean-Pierre Giguere, far left, is joined by other walkers in British Columbia after dipping their feet in the Pacific Ocean. Giguere and his comrades are walking across Canada.
CORNWALL, Ontario - A Cornwall man has turned a passion for the pro-life movement into a summer-long test of endurance and stamina.
Jean-Pierre Giguere is in the midst of a walk across the country. This week he and a group of like-minded people from the Crossroads Canada movement are in Saskatchewan, after starting their walk in late May in Vancouver, B.C.
The Cornwall native has been joined by nine others who have dipped their feet in the Pacific Ocean with a view to arriving in Ottawa later this summer for a pro-life rally to be held on Parliament Hill.
"Abortion is one of the most important battles of our day, but not enough people are speaking about," Giguere said in an online journal he is writing as part of his journey. "Life is the first human right, but hundreds of thousands of babies are aborted every year in Canada. These are brothers and sisters who will never see the light of day. My mission is to bring the pro-life message to as many people as possible this summer."
Crossroads is an international faith-based organization that advocates on behalf of the pro-life movement.
Giguere began his Crossroads journey last year when he did a small walk from Cornwall to Montreal his mother Carole said in an interview.
"This year they called him up and asked him if he would be interested in this," she said. "He believes in pro-life and I told him this is the time in his life when he can do something like this."
Giguere is a university graduate who planned on working at SCM in Cornwall this summer to help offset school-related debts.
He shelved that plan when Crossroads came calling.
"To me it's an honour," said Carole. "If you don't love life, you have no hope.
Giguere's father Al is of a similar mind.
"It's a choice he made on his own, and I back him up 100 per cent," he said.
Giguere is also raising money for Crossroads during his walk. More information on the fundraising effort and his online journal can be found here.