Man walking cross-country to raise awareness of homelessness

Published on April 16, 2014

Just imagine deciding to walk across Canada and, beyond getting to the starting point in St. John’s, having made no other plans for the journey.

That’s how Jason McComb, 37, wanted it to be as he started out from the Terry Fox statue in downtown St. John’s Wednesday to walk across the country.

A self-described homeless person, McComb is doing the walk to raise awareness of homelessness and to motivate people to act.

He says homeless people can not make plans as they don’t know what is coming next.

In a video he recorded prior to boarding a plane to come to St. John’s and posted on the Internet, he says:

“I’ve got no plan. The planning I put into this was getting to Newfoundland. I haven’t planned past that.

“The reason for that, you don’t plan. I didn’t plan when I ended up homeless, I didnt’ know where I was going to go, what I was going to do. Same thing with this, that’s a huge part of this walk.”

McComb describes himself as an advocate for the homeless and less fortunate, and founder and operator of Homeless Happens Helping Hands — a non-profit organization in Ontario.

McComb decided to begin his walk at the spot where Terry Fox began his run to raise money for cancer research on April 12, 1980. He says he is inspired by the Terry Fox story and the fact his own father died of complications from cancer.

He has a tattoo of his father on the lower half of his left leg and a tattoo of his sister on the lower half of his right leg. His sister died in 1997 from cystic fibrosis, he said.

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Jason McComb begins his cross-Canada walk in downtown St. John's Wednesday morning. McComb is walking to raise awareness of homelessness. — Photo by Glen Whiffen/The Telegram