SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – World-record-holding adventurer, author and motivational speaker Jamie McDonald is returning to Prince Edward Island. Inspired by Terry Fox, McDonald is also founder of Superhero Foundation.
He will be giving school talks at Summerside Intermediate School and Athena Consolidated School on Friday. The Dec. 8 talks will happen at 10:50 a.m. at SIS and 12:50 p.m. at Athena.
He will also be conducting a book signing at Chapters Indigo in Charlottetown on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
McDonald was the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew, raising more than £250,000 for sick children in Canada and the United Kingdom.
His #1 UK bestseller “Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero” (Summersdale; Sept. 1) is finally available in North America, and to promote his book, McDonald is returning to Canada, driving the route of his remarkable run in 2014.
“Adventureman” recounts his incredible journey of human endurance. At the age of nine, Jamie’s family feared he would never walk again. Twenty years later, he set off to run 5,000 miles coast to coast across Canada.
When he decided to repay the hospitals that saved his life as a child, he embarked on the biggest challenge of his life: running the equivalent of 200 marathons back-to-back, solo and unsupported, in -40 C degrees. And he does it all dressed as the superhero, the Flash.
Half of the profits from his Summerside presentations will go to a local hospital in Prince Edward Island, and the other 50 per cent will go to McDonald’s charity, the Superhero Foundation. Every penny made goes to charity.