An unusual scene on a Kingston Highway today.
A man — pushing a shopping cart across the country — made a stop here this afternoon.
Joe Roberts was a homeless teenager, battling addiction and living on the streets.
He got a second chance, entered drug treatment and started his own successful business.
He says this walk is his way of paying it forward.
The shopping cart represents a symbol of chronic homelessness.
He started his journey in St. John’s, Newfoundland back in May …. and plans to walk to Vancouver by next fall.
Every step of the way, he wants to engage the country to highlight the need to end youth homelessness.
Roberts has partnered with the Greater Kingston United Way, and money raised will go toward prevention and emergency services.
“When it is raining or snowing, when my muscles are sore i stay focused on why i’m doing this.
That is to give young people a voice–for young people who are couch surfing, who are invisible in our community and struggling to really be there to take a stand and bring people together to talk about what we need to do.”