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Pitt Meadows man walks 80 laps around his block for 80th birthday

Last Updated Apr 29, 2020 at 9:10 am PDT

(Courtesy: CityNews Vancouver)

A man in Pitt Meadows raising money for COVID-19 efforts by walking 80 laps of his neighbourhood

Brian Porter is turning 80 on Sunday wants to complete 80 laps, works out to be 49-kilometres

PITT MEADOWS (NEWS 1130) — A man in Pitt Meadows is proving that age is just a mind-set.

Brian Porter turns 80 on Sunday, and before that happens, he wants to complete 80 laps around his neighbourhood.

Perter’s 80 laps around the block, works out to around 49 kilometres.

“The real inspiration, which was [Thomas] Moore in England, Captain Tom. He’s now going is 200 instead of 100, so who knows, maybe I’ll do 200,” he tells CityNews.

World War Two veteran Moore is a 99-year-old war veteran who has raised money by walking 200 laps in his garden for his 100th birthday.

Porter says the laps is not just a birthday challenge, he’s also raising money for COVID-relief efforts in his community.

The Ridge Meadows fun run, a big fundraiser for the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, was cancelled this year.

But, if the money keeps coming in Porter says he might not stop.

And his granddaughter, Taryn, says she’s watching his progress every day.

“Always been one who will set himself a goal and he always completes it. And so to see him and get updates for him every day of completing his laps and being able to connect with his friends and show them what he’s doing and just hearing about how much love that he has pouring in people donating supporting him that makes me really proud and happy for him,” she says.

More than $1,700 has been raised since the walk began last week.